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Recall of kratom includes Southern Oregon

Sunstone Organics is recalling its kratom products sold in the Rogue Valley and other parts of the nation due to potential contamination with salmonella bacteria.

The leaves of the kratom tree, which are native to Southeast Asia, contain mind-altering compounds that can have effects similar to opioids and stimulants. Kratom is not currently illegal in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Springfield-based Sunstone Organics is voluntarily recalling two types of kratom, Sunstone Organics White Vein Kratom Lot 119 and Sunstone Organics Maeng Da Kratom Lot 124A. The recall affects all sizes of the products in both capsule and powder form, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

In the Rogue Valley, Sunstone Organics kratom products are sold in Medford, Central Point, Phoenix, Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Rogue River and Grants Pass, according to the company’s website.

Symptoms of salmonella include illness and vomiting, and the bacterial infection can sometimes cause death. The risk is higher for users with compromised or weak immune systems, including young children and the elderly, the FDA said.

In 2018, the FDA warned people not to use kratom because of its inherently addictive nature and because kratom products are frequently contaminated with salmonella.

Sunstone Organics has not received any reports yet of adverse impacts related to the recall, the FDA said.

Consumers who have the recalled products should not use the kratom and should discard it or return it to the place of purchase, according to the FDA announcement.

Sunstone Organics is notifying retailers and distributors about the recall and having signs about the recall posted at retail outlets, the FDA said.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Sunstone Organics by phone at 541-972-3327 or by e-mail at info@sunstoneorganics.com.

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using the product, according to the recall notice.

Adverse reactions or quality problems associated with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm, or report forms can be requested by calling 1-800-332-1088.

The FDA has previously issued warnings about kratom products and has linked use of the drug with 44 deaths. Most of the deaths appear to have resulted from mixing kratom with illegal drugs, prescription medication, alcohol and cough syrup.

Users can become addicted to kratom and suffer withdrawal symptoms that include muscle aches, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggression, runny nose and jerky movements, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Reported side effects of kratom include nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, loss of appetite, seizures, hallucinations and psychosis, the institute said.

For more information on kratom, visit www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/kratom.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

Sunstone Organics is recalling kratom products due to possible salmonella contamination.