- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. authorities in Illinois have seized nearly 90,000 bottles of a beverage containing the herbal ingredient Kratom (KRAT’-um).

A Wednesday statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says the bottles are valued at more than $400,000. Prosecutors filed a civil forfeiture complaint that enabled officials to seize them.

Kratom is used by some as a dietary ingredient. The complaint says there isn’t enough information to conclude that Kratom doesn’t pose health risks. It derives from a substance grown in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The complaint says Kratom can have stimulant and narcotic effects.

It says the product was manufactured for and held by a company in South Beloit - a community in northern Illinois along the Wisconsin state line.

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