November 27, 2018 / 4:32 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. FDA finds traces of heavy metals in kratom products

Nov 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had found high levels of heavy metals such as lead and nickel in some kratom products, following field investigations.

The regulator has been clamping down on the substance, which advocates say help ease pain and reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal, but which the FDA says has similar effects to narcotics such as opioids and has resulted in dozens of deaths.

The levels of metal in the products would likely not result in poisoning based on single use, but could cause people to suffer if used persistently, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said here in a statement. (Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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