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FDA Orders Mandatory Recall for Kratom Products Due to Risk of Salmonella

April 4, 2018
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Agency Says Nevada Firm Refused Voluntary Recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered a mandatory recall of all food products containing powdered kratom that have been processed or packed by Triangle Pharmanaturals LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada, saying several of the company's products contained salmonella and that you can get sick if you eat them.

The FDA issued the recall on Tuesday, saying that Triangle refused to do a voluntary recall of the herb, which can be a stimulant, sedative and pain killer.

The FDA added, “This is the first time the agency has issued a mandatory recall order to protect Americans from contaminated food products.”

“This action is based on the imminent health risk posed by the contamination of this product with salmonella, and the refusal of this company to voluntarily act to protect its customers and issue a recall, despite our repeated requests and actions,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “We continue to have serious concerns about the safety of any kratom-containing product and we are pursuing these concerns separately. But the action today is based on the risks posed by the contamination of this particular product with a potentially dangerous pathogen. Our first approach is to encourage voluntary compliance, but when we have a company like this one, which refuses to cooperate, is violating the law and is endangering consumers, we will pursue all avenues of enforcement under our authority.”

The FDA is advising consumers to discard the products that are part of the mandatory recall, which include, but are not limited to: Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red. The FDA understands that Triangle Pharmanaturals may manufacture, process, pack and/or hold additional brands of food products containing powdered kratom, including powder and encapsulated powder forms.

If you have any of these products in your home, you should discard them immediately, the FDA said.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in the current salmonellosis outbreak associated with kratom products, unusually high rates of individuals have been hospitalized for their illness.

Will Ferguson and Associates is New Mexico's largest personal injury law firm and specializes in product liability cases. The firm's attorneys and investigators have the expertise to hold companies that produce or distribute dangerous products accountable and make them pay for any injuries or illnesses their products have caused.

The case of Triangle Pharmanaturals appears to be particularly egregious as the FDA said the company refused to cooperate and order a voluntary recall.

If you or a loved one have gotten sick from using Triangle's products, or any other products, call Will Ferguson and Associates at (505) 633-7070.

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