SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Sunstone Organics issued a nationwide recall Friday after some of their products were tested and found to be potentially contaminated by salmonella.
Sunstone Organics is known for their natural and ethnobotanical products sold throughout the west coast and midwest.
The recall is for two samples of their kratom, White Vein Lot 119 and Maeng Da Lot 124A. This includes powder in sizes 25 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams, as well as capsules in sizes 20, 60 and 150 count. This Sunstone Organic powder is used as a tea or supplement.
Kratom is an evergreen tree from areas like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The leaves can often be used in capsules, extracts or boiling into teas. Kratom is commonly used to treat pain, depression and anxiety. The leaf is even helpful in combating addiction to opioids, according to WebMD's Jennifer Clopton.
Sunstone Organic officials are asking any customers who have these products to dispose of them and return the packaging to the retail location it was purchased from for replacement.
"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," Sunstone Organic officials said in a statement on their website. "[We] are implementing new safety protocols to prevent problems like this in the future."
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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