Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

FDA Adds to Kratom Safety Concerns Linking Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

FDA Adds to Kratom Safety Concerns Linking Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

Three people in California have been sickened; the other affected states, including Utah, Oregon, Ohio and Pennsylvania, have had one or two cases. So the agency recommends that "people not consume kratom in any form". Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration classified kratom as a unsafe opioid, prompting backlash from some scientists studying its medicinal uses and proponent of Kratom who claim the plant can relieve pain, combat fatigue and improve mood.

Symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Due to the reporting time lag, more cases of illness may be reported, the CDC said.

"You can get the infection from a variety of sources, including eating contaminated food or drinking water, touching infected animals and not washing your hands", the Washington Department of Health wrote in a release.

CDC officials are now investigating an outbreak of Salmonella I 4, [5], 12:b:- infections that have sprung up in 20 states. Gottlieb likened the chemical compounds of kratom to opioids.

The bad news about kratom continues with the CDC's announcement, which says a nationwide bout of salmonellosis, or salmonella infections, may be related to it. Twenty-eight people from 20 states across the country had come down with same strain of salmonella as of February 16, according to the CDC.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned the public about the herbal supplement in a statement this month, saying that "There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use".

Kratom products are very loosely regulated by the FDA. The supplement can be found in head shops and gas stations. Kratom advocates questioned the coroner's findings, and suggested the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to blame kratom for the death so the DEA can ban it.

Now, kratom has been linked with another troubling effect: Salmonella infection. The agency noted that their investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.

In a statement, the American Kratom Association said the FDA analysis is "an unprecedented abuse of science to create a new computer program that is clearly garbage in/garbage out, avoiding the rules of the Controlled Substances Act and making unproven claims that have been proven to be untrue".

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