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Many people are looking to purchase cheap Kratom, and there’s nothing wrong with that – who doesn’t like saving money on things? However have you ever purchased something cheap, believing you made a wise decision, only for the product to fail you in some way ultimately? Many people desire instant gratification but neglect potential negative consequences, and that can be detrimental with products such as Kratom.
There’s a big difference between buying cheap Kratom and getting a good deal, and some very real dangers to watch out for if you’re focusing on finding the lowest price.
More and more Kratom merchants are appearing online as Kratom becomes more popular and consumers want to leverage the buying power of the internet. You may notice while shopping for Kratom the apparent range and disparity of pricing between vendors. Some vendors seem to be selling at outrageous prices and leaning heavily on marketing and volume to operate, while others are selling at basement-bargain price points and seeming to skimp on processing and packaging. The reason these discounted merchants are offering Kratom at such low prices compared to established, reputable merchants like us is that those merchants are ignoring quality control, product purity, and disregarding the safety of their customers. Cheap Kratom has the potential to expose you to some serious risks.
How are discount Kratom vendors selling so cheap?
Kratom prices vary from merchant to merchant for a variety of reasons. However when a new vendor suddenly offers Kratom powder at prices much lower than most other sites on the market, it should be an immediate red flag to the consumer.
As mentioned earlier, these merchants are likely ignoring important quality control steps when it comes to ensuring purity and safety. It’s always possible for you to enjoy Kratom from these discounted merchants without problem, but you may be exposing yourself to potentially serious health risks.
While it’s near impossible to know for sure, it’s likely that these discount Kratom vendors are ignoring crucial aspects of the sourcing and handling chain:
- Wholesale supplier monitoring and quality control
- Critical facility sanitation control
- Proper mixing and storage of different batches
- Regular lab testing for contaminants, pathogens and heavy metals
These are critical steps of the Kratom source and supply process, but can be expensive and effort intensive. Many discount Kratom vendors choose to disregard them altogether, or place blind trust in the wholesale distributor who supplies them to perform some of the steps before they receive their shipments; this behavior damages the reputability of Kratom merchants in general and can allow poor quality product onto the market but most importantly totally disregards the health safety of the customer.
Below we’ll explore these potential risks in more detail to fully inform you of the potential dangers of working with discount Kratom vendors.
E.Coli and other Pathogens in Kratom
The primary reason testing Kratom is so important is that there is the same possibility that exists for many natural, dried products for e. Coli, molds, or other pathogens to build up if it is not handled properly throughout manufacturing, packaging and shipping.
Similar to other dried natural products, Kratom powder and Kratom teas are potentially subject to the risk of being contaminated by pathogens. One honest mistake by the wholesale supplier (or a dishonest oversight), and a contamination can occur.
Kratom suppliers protect their customers through properly mixing lots and testing their products regularly!
At Kratom Virtue we ensure proper testing of our products for all of the following:
- Salmonella [AOAC-RI 050701]
- 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]
We regularly mix and run our lots through all of these tests to ensure that we are providing only quality, safe products to you.
Adulterated or Contaminated Kratom
Reputable Kratom suppliers only sell products that are 100% pure, organic Kratom. The Kratom is free of other dried products mixed in to bulk it up; there are no chemicals used in the harvesting or drying process to replicate or alter the naturally occurring alkaloids of the Kratom.
That said, some dishonest Kratom suppliers are out there. Contrary to adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, they use potentially dangerous synthetics in their Kratom products, their processing or packaging equipment is not kept in a clean environment, or (most importantly) they do not routinely test for contaminants and heavy metals.
If a Kratom merchant sells a product made with little or no quality assurance, they’re going to be able to save some on costs. But the risks are grossly irresponsible.
When searching for a Kratom supplier, make certain they have a healthy relationship with their wholesale suppliers and are monitoring the manufacturing processes in place in their upstream supply chain. Double check that they are performing proper mixing and testing of their lots, and that lot numbers are included on each product advertised so they can be cross referenced back to the correct testing results.
GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice. GMP is promulgated by FDA regulations, and compliance is required to market dietary supplements. These regulations provide a quality control framework for manufacturers and merchants to follow. While these regulations do not explicitly tell businesses how to operate (all businesses have unique ways of doing things) they do provide clear guidelines to follow.
By implementing GMP processes, Kratom suppliers ensure the quality and safety of their products. This is especially important because Kratom that is imported to the United States is delivered in a raw form that does not meet modern food safety standards.
You want a reliable, safe source of Kratom; we want to be that for you. To ensure that we do just that, we comply with all of the best practices for importing, testing, storing, and selling our Kratom products.
Suppliers should be willing and eager to inform you of their processes
While we hope every Kratom merchant out there will embrace processing and handling measures to ensure the quality of their products and the safety of their customers, as a customer, it’s your right to be informed of the quality of the product you’ve purchased and it’s up to the supplier to tell you.
If you have additional questions about our testing practices, lot testing, or supply chain, feel free to reach out to us. Kratom suppliers that put the investment into selling quality, safe products will be happy to discuss the details of their work towards ensuring a quality product and your safety, so make certain you receive all the information you are looking for before purchasing cheap Kratom from a discount merchant.
Cheap Kratom powder might sound appealing on the surface, but there can be risks you expose yourself to when only focusing on a low price. Make sure you are purchasing a safe, quality product!