The news of the kratom purge comes on the heels of an announcement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it had linked the products to a salmonella outbreak responsible for nearly 30 infections in 20 states.
Products affected by the recall were sold across the U.S. under the brand names Botany Bay, Divinity, and Enhance Your Life. These products are marketed as dietary supplements, a claim which requires a New Dietary Ingredient Notification (NDI), which the FDA says kratom does not have.
FDA maintains that use of kratom comes with a number of potential “serious risks,” seeing as it is an opioid. This follows a move by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to schedule the substance, which would make it illegal in the US. Critics have expressed concerns that kratom isn’t backed by legitimate studies, and that it may be addictive.
The agency says it is continuing to monitor the salmonella outbreak, which has reported cases in at least 20 states. CDC’s investigation identified a link between kratom use and the outbreak of salmonella infections; however, it failed to name any specific brands or suppliers responsible for contaminated batches.
To date, FDA says it is unaware of anyone becoming ill from consuming Divinity Products Distribution’s kratom supplements. However, consumers are advised that kratom hasn’t been studied or authorized as a suitable product for any particular condition or purpose.