WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a mandatory recall for Kratom after much of the product has tested positive for Salmonella.
The FDA issued the recall after the company failed to comply with its request for a voluntary recall.
Kratom is a plant native to Malaysia. The leaves are traditionally crushed and made into tea to treat pain or reduce Opioid withdrawal cravings.
In the U.S., Kratom is sold as a dietary supplement in the form of pills, powders, capsules and tea.
Back in February, the FDA issued a statement about Kratom saying that there is no evidence the product is “safe or effective for any medical use.”