FDA's Kratom Campaign Turns To Firms Destroying Inventory, Recalling Products
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
FDA announcement that Missouri firm Divinity Products will recall and destroy kratom was part of the agency's latest warning that ingredients derived from the herb are not safe for use in supplements or for therapeutic use to treat symptoms of withdrawal from opioid abuse. FDA doesn't get agreement from the kratom sector about the herb's status as a dietary ingredient as well as its safety profile.
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