Warning: Salmonella-Laced Kratom Worth $400K Seized By CBP In Detroit
Every day, more and more people try kratom. A single dose of five grams of kratom is all you need to combat stress, pain, a bad mood for hours. While there are hundreds if not thousands of vendors in the United States, there are always risk involved in purchasing kratom online. One of the biggest risks is exposure to tainted kratom.
While you may believe otherwise, there are vendors who have little to no morals. They will sell tainted kratom without giving the buyer a second thought. For example, a Detroit kratom vendor was discovered with about 1,200 pounds of kratom powder that was estimated to be worth more than $400,000.
A thorough inspection of the powdered kratom revealed it was tainted with salmonella, a bacteria responsible for more than 1.3 million cases of illness in the United States each year. The illness begins with stomach cramps which continue to worsen over time. The stomach cramps are followed by diarrhea and potentially fever, leading to the need for immediate medical treatment and even worse hospitalization.
The onset of salmonella symptoms is about six hours after exposure. In some cases, patients have reported being asymptomatic for up to six days after exposure. When the symptoms do finally appear, they are very powerful.
Originated From China
Kratom originates from Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, and Southeast Asia. In this case, the salmonella-tainted kratom originated from China. Laboratory testing revealed the imported kratom was not botanical soils, as first thought by US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations.
The kratom was being stored at the Fort Street Cargo Facility in Detroit. A sample of the substance was tested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The results revealed the green powder was positively kratom. Further testing showed the kratom to be contaminated with the bacteria salmonella.
Kratom Popularity Continues To Increase
US officials are concerned about the ever-increasing popularity of kratom, which dates back to 1839. Pieter Willem Korthals, a 32-year-old Dutch botanist, was the first person to identify Mitragyna speciosa. Nearly 125 years ago, it was unheard-of for humans to utilize kratom to treat their minor pain. Today, thousands of people around the globe take kratom regularly for pain and mood management.
Kratom debates continue in the United States. In some states, – Alabama, Arkansas, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Indiana – kratom has been banned. There are also a few cities where it is illegal to possess kratom. These cities include San Diego, Monument, Parker, and Denver.
FDA Announces Kratom Warnings
The FDA has not legally approved kratom for the treatment of any medical conditions. The agency continues to warn American consumers to avoid kratom-based products with the ingredients – psychoactive compounds, 7-hydroxy mitragynine, and mitragynine.
If you do not heed to the FDA warnings, it is crucial to be wary of suspicious kratom vendors. It is best to buy from and-based vendors that have gone through the proper steps to obtain business licenses. These businesses can legally sell kratom powder, capsules, and elixirs.
Do not purchase from unknown vendors online to avoid tainted-kratom.