The salmonella outbreak began in mid-October, according to investigators, with cases occurring across the country. So far, victims range in age from 6 to 67, and the vast majority of them are male. No deaths have been reported, but at least 14 people have been hospitalized.
Health officials have interviewed 55 of the 87 salmonella victims; 40 of them (73 percent) reported using some form of kratom—either in a pill, powder, or tea—before falling ill.
Investigators traced the infections back to several specific kratom products made by the company PDX Aromatics of Portland, Ore. PDX does business under several other names, including Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa. The company has since recalled its offending products.
On Friday, the FDA reported that a second company, Torched Illusions, was also found to have salmonella in its kratom products. The agency says that these products are distributed by Triangle Pharmanaturals and Pure Distribution, both of Las Vegas, Nev.
So far, Torched Illusions has yet to issue a recall. But a list of products that have tested positive for salmonella can be found here.
The outbreak investigation is ongoing, and federal health officials expect to identify additional products in the weeks ahead.