PDX Aromatics recalls kratom linked to Salmonella outbreak

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Takeaway

  • FDA reports that several kratom-containing powder products (PDX Aromatics) have been voluntarily recalled because of possible Salmonella contamination.
  • The recall involves 10,000 packages of kratom powder sold under brand names Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa.

Why this matters

  • Clinicians should be aware that patients may be using kratom-based dietary supplements to self-medicate for pain or to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms.
  • FDA recently took action toward voluntary destruction and recall of various kratom-containing dietary supplements, citing data that its compounds are opioids “expected to have similar addictive effects as well as abuse.”
  • The additional danger posed by Salmonella contamination highlights the need to consider kratom exposure in patients presenting with fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Key points

  • Following notification by California Department of Health that certain lots of products tested positive for Salmonella, PDX Aromatics voluntarily issued a recall.
  • Consumers can visit the company website to identify tainted products and request a refund.
  • Consumers are advised not to consume any products that have been identified as possibly contaminated, and all possibly contaminated products should be returned to PDX Aromatics.
  • PDX Aromatics has identified the supply source, removed the supplier from the chain, and will conduct a facility audit.