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Recalls and Advice to Consumers


  • On March 16, 2018, PDX Aromatics of Portland, Oregon, expanded their recall in response to additional positive product samples of Salmonella associated with Aromatics’ products.
  • On March 10, 2018, PDX Aromatics of Portland, Oregon, recalled kratom-containing powder products sold online between January 18, 2018, and February 18, 2018.
  • People should not consume recalled kratom products or any brand of kratom in any form. Consumers who bought recalled kratom products sold online can contact the website where it was purchased for a refund.

Advice to Consumers

  • At this time, CDC recommends that people not consume any brand of kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick.
    • No common brands or suppliers have been identified.
    • Kratom is sold in many forms, including as leaves, pills, capsules, powder, and tea.
    • Kratom is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration website has a list of kratom products that have tested positive for Salmonella contamination.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming kratom.
    • Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
      • Diarrhea
      • Fever
      • Abdominal cramps
  • Talk to your health care provider before taking any supplement, especially if you are in a group more likely to get a severe Salmonella infection. People in the following groups are more likely to get a severe Salmonella infection:
    • People with weakened immune systems, including people who are receiving chemotherapy or have HIV
    • Pregnant women
    • Children younger than 5 years
    • Older adults