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Idahoans fall ill, Nampa business issues recall of supplement linked to Salmonella

Kratom advocates upset DEA wants to ban herbal supplement

Employee Marcus Richardson talks about kratom at the Sugar on Magnolia store in Bellingham in 2016. The Drug Enforcement Administration is banning kratom for two years. People say they take it as a natural painkiller.
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Employee Marcus Richardson talks about kratom at the Sugar on Magnolia store in Bellingham in 2016. The Drug Enforcement Administration is banning kratom for two years. People say they take it as a natural painkiller.

Editor's note: Herbal Salvation is not connected to Viable Solutions LLC. Incorrect information was included in this report.

A Nampa business has issued a recall of several products after kratom, a plant supplement with stimulant-like effects, was linked to an outbreak of Salmonella that affected at least eight Idahoans.

According to a press release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Nampa business Viable Solutions LLC voluntarily recalled its kratom products on April 17. The health department said eight people in Idaho were among more than 130 nationwide infected with Salmonella linked to kratom consumption. It wasn't clear where those Idahoans got the affected kratom.

“Our advice to Idaho residents is to not consume any products that contain kratom,” said Dr. Kathryn Turner, deputy state epidemiologist, in the release. “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.”

The FDA issued a mandatory recall for products "containing powdered kratom manufactured, processed, packed or held by Triangle Pharmanaturals, LLC," but the Department of Health and Welfare said a "single common brand or supplier of kratom has not been linked to the outbreak."

In a recall return statement, Nampa's Viable Solutions wrote that it "has identified the supplier and source of the potentially contaminated product and has ceased production and distribution of the potentially contaminated product." Viable Solutions customers can find affected lot numbers here.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after exposure, according to the health department. Though most people recover without any treatment, the illness can affect them for up to a week.

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