Buyer beware, another recall was recently issued over Salmonella contamination concerns. According to a recall notice issued by Blissful Remedies, packages of its kratom capsules tested positive for Salmonella. This isn’t the first kratom product to be recalled as of late. In fact, nearly “199 people from 41 states have been infected in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak traced to kratom products, with 38 percent of the ill people having been hospitalized,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The recalled Blissful Remedies product was distributed by World Organix LLC of Las Vegas and sold to retailers throughout the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia.
Customers can tell if they have one of the recalled products by checking a few details on the label. For starters, the product name, ‘Red Maeng Da’ is printed on the label, as well as ‘Gold Series Ultra Enhanced Indo,’ and ‘Kratom+CBD,’ according to the notice. Additionally, the kratom capsules are “packaged in white foil pouches, come in quantities of 50 capsules per pouch…and bear the lot number #112710.” All the recalled capsules have an expiration date of March 2019.
Fortunately, the company hasn’t received any reports of consumer illnesses or adverse events and has “implemented standard operating procedures and sterilization processes in accordance with FDA guidelines,” to help remedy the situation. Additionally, the company is also “notifying its retailers by email and/or telephone and are urging customers to return the recalled products to them or immediately discard them for credit,” according to the FDA.
Anyone who thinks they are or have developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Symptoms typically begin about six to 72 hours after being exposed to Salmonella bacteria and can include anything from fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, and vomiting. In most cases, symptoms last between four and seven days.