The Dangers of Cheap Kratom: Contaminants, Pathogens, and More

Kratom has become very popular over the last few years, and there are more and more vendors popping up online.

When you visit these vendors’ websites, you may even find that some of them are offering Kratom tea products at lower prices than you have ever seen before!

How are these vendors able to offer Kratom at such low prices compared to vendors like us that are more established and reputable?

The simple fact is that these vendors are skimping on quality control, and that could be very dangerous for their customers. Cheap Kratom can put you at risk of some serious complications; so, what are the risks?

How Do Vendors Sell Kratom For So Cheap?

Kratom prices vary from one vendor to another for a variety of reasons. But when a new vendor is suddenly offering Kratom tea supplies at prices significantly lower than every other vendor on the market, you might wonder just how they can manage to do that.

As we said above, these vendors are likely cutting corners when it comes to ensuring your safety. While it’s possible that you could enjoy Kratom from these vendors with no complications, you would be doing so while putting your own health at risk.

While we can’t know for sure, it’s likely that they are leaving out these essential steps of the supply and sale chain:

  • • Supplier monitoring and quality checks
  • • Regular product testing for pathogens
  • • Critical facility sanitation measures
  • • Random quality control checks

Monitoring these aspects of the Kratom sales process can be expensive as well as overwhelming. To save money, some vendors may skip them altogether, but doing that creates many potential risk areas.

Let’s discuss some of those risk areas in more detail so that you can be fully aware of what dangers are out there.

Adulterants & Contaminants

A high-quality Kratom supplier will only make products that are 100% pure Kratom. There will be no other dried products mixed with the Kratom to bulk it up; there will be no unnecessary chemicals used in the production process to fake the chemical composition of the Kratom.

There are, however, some Kratom suppliers out there that are not honest or reliable. Instead of following Good Manufacturing Practices, they use potentially dangerous chemicals to treat and process their Kratom. Their manufacturing equipment is not kept in a clean environment, and they do not prevent contaminants from affecting their products.

If a vendor willingly and knowingly stocks a product made with sub-par processing, they are going to be able to save a little bit of money. But at what cost?

When you are choosing your Kratom vendor, ensure that they have a good relationship with their suppliers and are aware of what manufacturing processes are happening. Also, make sure that they are doing the testing that they need to be doing!

E.Coli & Other Pathogens

One of the reasons that testing Kratom is so important is because there is the possibility for e. Coli and other pathogens to build up in Kratom if it is not handled properly throughout manufacturing or shipping.

Like other dried products, Kratom tea leaves and powders run the risk of being exposed to these pathogens. All it takes is one honest mistake by the supplier, and an infection could take hold.

How can vendors prevent this problem from ever reaching their customers on their end of the supply chain? They need to test their products and received batches regularly!

Here at Kraken Kratom, we ensure that we test for all of the following when testing our products:

  • • Quality
  • • Identification
  • • Heavy metals content ([AOAC 2013.06] Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Nickel)
  • • Microbial safety (Aerobic Plate Count [AOAC 990.12]
  • • Yeast and Mold [AOAC 997.02]
  • • Coliforms and E. Coli [AOAC 991.4]
  • • Salmonella [AOAC-RI 050701]

That’s right: we regularly run our batch supplies through this entire subset of tests to ensure that we are only selling quality and safe products to our valued customers.

We know that testing matters, and we are committed to doing it right!

We Support AKA’s GMP Compliance Program

Our commitment to selling only quality Kratom is so strong that we have worked tirelessly to become the first Kratom vendor to be certified by the American Kratom Association for our Good Manufacturing Practices.

These processes, adapted from the FDA’s current GMP standards, ensure that we are following through on our promise to regularly and correctly test and control the quality of our goods.

In addition to testing our products, we also screen our suppliers extremely rigorously and use more than one company to test our Kratom for safety.

We’ve even started sharing our educational materials with both suppliers and other Kratom vendors to help spread both consistency and quality in the Kratom community. Because you deserve it!

Kraken has always supported Kratom advocacy and the work of both the AKA and the Botanical Education Alliance (BEA). How many of those vendors selling cheap Kratom put their money where their mouth is to ensure that this industry will thrive?

Our company is proud to lend our voice to this cause, and, in addition to participating in the AKA’s compliant vendor program, we donate to the efforts of these organizations regularly.

You want a consistent and safe supply of Kratom; we want to give that to you. To ensure that we can do just that, we are ready and willing to comply to all of the best practices for importing, testing, storing, and selling Kratom to you!

Ask Questions; Get Answers

We sincerely hope that every single Kratom vendor out there will adopt preventative measures to ensure the quality of their products and the safety of their customers. As a customer, it’s your right to know how reliable the products that you are purchasing are, and it’s up to the vendor to tell you.

If you have questions about a vendor’s testing practices, batch tests, or supply methodology, ask away! Vendors that put the time and effort into selling safe products will be proud to tell you just what they are doing to ensure your safety, so make sure that you get the answers that you are looking for before you buy a cheap product from an unknown vendor.

Cheap Kratom tea leaves and powders might be appealing, but there are hidden dangers to only buying something for its low price. Make sure that you aren’t buying any potentially dangerous products!

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