FDA oversees destruction and recall of kratom products

FDA announced Wednesday the voluntary destruction and recall of a large volume of dietary supplements containing kratom. The affected products are manufactured and distributed nationwide under the brand names Botany Bay, Enhance Your Life, and Divinity by Divinity Products Distribution of Grain Valley, MO.

FDA announced Wednesday the voluntary destruction and recall of a large volume of dietary supplements containing kratom. The affected products are manufactured and distributed nationwide under the brand names Botany Bay, Enhance Your Life, and Divinity by Divinity Products Distribution of Grain Valley, MO. The company has agreed to discontinue sales of all kratom-containing products. FDA is urging all companies currently involved in the sale of products containing the popular herbal supplement intended for human consumption to take similar steps to take their products off the market and submit any necessary evidence, as appropriate, to the agency to evaluate them based on the applicable regulatory pathway. "The extensive scientific data we've evaluated about kratom provides conclusive evidence that compounds contained in kratom are opioids and are expected to have similar addictive effects as well as risks of abuse, overdose and, in some cases, death. At the same time, there's no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. FDA recommends that consumers not use these or any kratom products and dispose of any products currently in their possession. The agency noted that it and CDC are monitoring a multistate outbreak of a rare type of salmonella associated with kratom products, including capsules, teas, and powders.