AMERICAN KRATOM ASSOCIATION POLICY STATEMENT
ON KRATOM MANUFACTURER’S HEALTH CLAIMS
I thought this was an excellent issue on KRATOM MANUFACTURER’S HEALTH CLAIMS that the entire industry should take notice and fall in line!
The American Kratom Association (AKA) strongly supports the FDA’s authority to regulate
impermissible health claims being made by any dietary supplement manufacturer, including
those who formulate products containing kratom.
Any manufacturer who violates the Drug Safety and Health Education Act (DSHEA) labeling
standards by making claims that kratom can “treat, cure or prevent any disease” should be
Kratom has been used as a conventional food for centuries in Southeast Asia, and has been
safely and responsibly used by Americans since it was first introduced as an ethnic food shortly
after the Vietnam War when our returning soldiers and immigrants brought its use to the
United States. In the last couple of decades, the popularity of kratom as a natural herb to help
consumers manage their health and well-being has increased.
The vast majority of businesses who manufacture kratom products are responsible and careful
when marketing their products. As an organization, we will continue to work to promote the
safety of consumers and the transparency of products as primary goals for every kratom
The AKA supports strong regulatory action against any kratom manufacturer who makes illegal
health claims. We also encourage the FDA and the DEA to use their existing law enforcement
powers to stop the manufacturing and distribution of any illegally formulated products that
The AKA is committed to preserving and protecting the freedoms of consumers to
responsibly and safely consume kratom as a part of their health and well-being regimen, and
AKA has adopted the following set of principles:
KRATOM MANUFACTURER’S HEALTH CLAIMS – STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON REGULATING KRATOM
The American Kratom Association (AKA) recognizes that every effort should be made to keep
kratom risks low, and protect consumers from adulterated and contaminated kratom products.
With appropriate FDA consumer regulation, we can maximize the potential for kratom to be
responsibly used for the improvement of health and well-being of individuals and public health
in America. To that end, AKA supports the following efforts:
1. REGULATION: AKA supports appropriate FDA regulations to ensure the safety and purity
of kratom products. AKA is committed to work with the FDA to share information and
collaborate in the development of regulations that will protect consumers from
adulteration and contamination of kratom products.
2. CHILDREN: While Federal surveys have not identified use of kratom products in children
as an emerging problem, AKA nonetheless supports efforts to prevent youth use, such as
consideration of minimum age of procurement laws, e.g., age 18.
3. CHILD EXPOSURE CONCERNS: Although we are not aware of child or infant poisonings,
AKA supports appropriate child resistant packaging.
4. PRODUCT PURITY: AKA believes that most manufacturers compete to provide the
highest quality and purest products, and to ensure consumers can have confidence in
the kratom products they purchase, AKA supports standards for product purity just as
there are for most food products.
5. POTENTIAL ADULTERANTS: AKA believes that responsible marketers do not adulterate
their products with other substances, which is a concern that has been raised by FDA.
However, AKA would welcome FDA standards to prevent contamination or adulteration
of kratom products with dangerous substances. AKA also supports appropriate
monitoring to reassure consumers that their lawfully purchased products meet purity
and manufacturing standards.
6. CLAIMS CONSISTENT WITH DSHEA: AKA is committed to limiting claims associated with
the use of kratom products to conform with the standards set in DSHEA for dietary
supplements. AKA is committed to continuing to work with dietary experts and legal
counsel, and will work with the FDA to ensure that AKA’s statements do not constitute
7. LABELING: AKA welcomes FDA development of labeling and encourages FDA to work
with manufactures and marketers to develop labeling that is helpful to consumers.