Idaho health officials warn to avoid products with kratom due to Salmonella contamination

Idaho public health officials are warning Idahoans to avoid consumption of products containing kratom because they could have Salmonella.

More than 130 people from 38 states, including 8 people in Idaho, have been infected with Salmonella linked to kratom consumption. As of April 5, 38 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Kratom is a plant consumed for its stimulant effects and is also used as an opioid substitute. Kratom is known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom and Biak. Ill individuals have reported consuming kratom as pills, powder, and in tea.

“Our advice to Idaho residents is to not consume any products that contain kratom,” says Dr. Kathryn Turner, Deputy State Epidemiologist. “If you have the product at home, do not use it, and if you have used kratom-containing products and develop symptoms, please see your medical provider.”

As of now, officials aren’t sure which brand or supplier of kratom is causing the outbreak. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a mandatory recall for all food products containing powdered kratom manufactured, processed, packed, or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC.

Other products have been recalled voluntarily because several other brands tested positive for Salmonella, including the brand Viable Solutions in Nampa, Idaho.

You can find a full list of recalled kratom products here. If you purchased a product containing kratom online, you can contact the website where it was purchased for a refund.

You can find more information on the investigation on the outbreak here.