FDA Orders First Mandatory Food Recall

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced its first mandatory recall of herbal supplements, which was the first time the FDA has ever formally ordered a food recall. The FDA has had the authority to order a recall of food since 2011.

The recall was focused on herbal supplements manufactured by Triangle Pharmanaturals. The supplements tested positive for salmonella, which has been linked to the ingredient kratom. Various brands of supplements containing kratom have been linked to almost 90 cases of salmonella in 35 states. Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can be life-threatening. Almost 30 of the 90 reported cases have resulted in hospitalization.

The FDA issued the recall because Triangle Pharmanaturals refused to cooperate with U.S. regulators. The company would not comply with the FDA’s requests that it voluntarily recall tainted products. Three other manufacturers of the supplements have complied with a voluntary recall.

Kratom is made from a plant in southeast Asia. It has grown in popularity in the U.S. as an alternative treatment for pain, anxiety, opioid withdrawal, and drug dependence. The FDA has labeled kratom as an opioid and has been cracking down on its use. State and federal officials have detected salmonella in six samples of Triangle’s products, but the company refuses to discuss the issue or allow FDA regulators access to the company’s products.

The FDA notified the company that it had 24 hours to halt distribution of the supplements and to begin its own recall. Any consumers who have the products should discard them.

If you have been harmed by a dietary supplement or any other pharmaceutical, supplement, or food product, you have the right to compensation for your injuries. Call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on Twitter to learn more.
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