The U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked U.S. Marshals to detain almost 25,000 pounds of raw kratom from Rosefield Management, Inc. California. The price of that amount of substance is said to be around $5 million.
What Is This Substance Used For?
A Southeast Asian tree known as Mitragyna Speciosa has leaves called kratom, which are crushed to make the substance used for different purposes like boosting energy and relieving anxiety. The plant is native to Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The herb is gaining popularity in the United States as well through the efforts of a number of online vendors.
People are becoming aware of the psychoactive effects, which can be very effective for the treatment of addictions to heroin and morphine. Due to the confusion about whether the product is beneficial or harmful, it has not been approved to be used medically in the USA.
Imported Product Of Kratom:
The product that was imported by the management of Rosefield was a Bali strain of kratom. It consists of alkaloids which are believed to have pharmacological effects that are similar to morphine and other opiates.
The side effects of this herb are agitation, sleeplessness, aggression, depression, delusions, nervousness, hallucinations, nausea, tremors, constipation and vomiting and other symptoms of withdrawal.
Kratom is recognized as a botanical substance which brings many risk factors along with it. Human health is not safe in case of its use and the substance can be abused, as demonstrated by the Associate Commissioner of the FDA for the regulatory affairs, Melinda Plaisier. She reported that steps must be taken for the protection of the public. It is necessary to keep people away from the dangers of its products, and aggressive enforcement like this against unapproved substances will be seen in the future as well.
500 Cartons Were Detained:
An import alert was issued by the FDA which caused agency to seize the kratom being imported without examining it.
The action involved the seizure of over 500 cartons of kratom from Rosefield, which was involved in the distribution of the products of this herb on the instructions Whole Shamanic Herbs. Through its website, the substance was reported to cure, diagnose, prevent and treat disease.
Complaint filed by the FDA
A complaint application was filed by FDA in the District Court for the Central District of California in which it was mentioned that this herb is not an approved drug and a drug that is misbranded under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
It is the responsibility of the FDA to protect the health of the public and provide them with a guarantee for the safety, security and effectiveness of drugs, vaccines and herbal products that are for human consumption.
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The U.S. FDA ordered U.S. Marshals to hold almost 25,000 pounds of raw kratom and stop selling it in market.