FDA finds heavy metals in kratom products; says no benefits in the supplement
[Food Safety News, 11/28/18] A new warning from the FDA reports multiple tests have found heavy metals in multiple kratom products. The alert comes after warnings and recalls this year because of a Salmonella outbreak traced to such products.
Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner, said a stepped up testing program in response to the Salmonella outbreak revealed heavy metals, including lead and nickel, at dangerous levels. Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration tested 26 kratom products as part of the follow-up sampling program.
“While the levels of the specific products we’ve tested so far are not likely to result in immediate acute heavy metal poisoning from a single use, some of these products included levels that, with chronic use, could cause some people to suffer from heavy metal poisoning,” Gottlieb said in the warning issued Nov. 27. ………
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