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Asheville supplement maker joins recall; 5 sickened in NC

Posted May 19, 2018 11:34 a.m. EDT

The national recall of herbal supplements that include kratom now includes a North Carolina manufactuer. Pious Lion, an Asheville company, pulled two kratom power products from shelves, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Since February, 130 people have been sickened nationwide, 5 of them in the Tar Heel State, from salmonella in kratom products, suffering symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Kratom is popular as an herbal pain reliever, and it comes in the form of pills, powers and teas.

Pious Lion recalled two powers products:

1 oz. Pure Premium Potent Limited Release Pink Bali

4 oz. Pure Premium Potent White Maeng DA, Bright Uplifting Energy

As of Saturday, Pious Lion was still advertising both types of power on its website.

In an alert about the recall, Joe Reardon, assistant commissioner in the Department of Agriculture, said, “This is a very serious issue, and consumers should take immediate action if they have these products in their homes. Consumers are advised to discard these products and are warned not to consume them.”

The FDA is recommending that people avoid any kratom-containing compounds after 26 products in different forms from different manufacturers in different states have tested positive for salmonella.

US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has said, "There is no evidence to indicate that kratom is safe or effective for any medical use" and likened its chemical compounds to opioids.

In fact, the Drug Enforcement Administration has considered categorizing kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance, which would put it in the same category as heroin or LSD.

Those who use it call it a good alternative to prescription pain medication for a host of ailments, such as fibromyalgia, and an alternative to opioids.