U.S. state riled up over "relaxation" brownie

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JoePublic wrote:

The effects and potential dangers of all these products have been ignored far too long.
The “energy shots” at my local grocery stores are at the checkouts, near the candy and soft drinks, where any kid can see and reach them. To place Lazy Cakes next to them, as a company exec encourages, would make them more accessible to kids.
The manufacturers, retailers and consumers of these products should stop waiting for someone else to regulate them and take responsibility for their safe use.
By posting information and sterner warnings, holding employees responsible for sale to persons under 18, and educating ourselves and our children, we can prevent the next ride to the emergency room, without an act of Congress.

May 17, 2011 4:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SummerSausage wrote:

This might become the worlds first behind the counter brownie.

May 17, 2011 5:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
urza9814 wrote:

Really? 25x the amount usually prescribed? Because I’m in the states, and I take Melatonin quite regularly, and I have _NEVER_ seen anything less than 3mg. Which would make it 2.6x the normal amount. Almost a full order of magnitude difference.

I’d be willing to bet more kids are hospitalized every year for choking on McDonald’s toys, yet nobody is rushing to make those illegal (well, except California, but that’s for completely different reasons). Tell them to stamp the packages with a warning or with ‘for adult consumption only’ or something and be done with it.

May 17, 2011 6:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RMRCal wrote:

Sounds like the FDA should regulate it. Just like the 4 Loco drinks. The government is not doing their job, but they have time to pass laws like cigarettes cannot be sold in less than 20 to a pack and the Capitol gift shop can not sell souvenirs made in China.

May 17, 2011 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Etakeh wrote:

So, they want to regulate it legally instead of…I don’t know…expecting parents to pay attention to what their kids are eating? A warning on the label would make perfect sense, but banning it is just silly.

May 17, 2011 10:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
5tudentT wrote:

Etakeh – I’m with you. This nanny state stuff is ridiculous. Why even put a warning on it? Shouldn’t parents take the time to read ingredient lists and do a little research? For that matter, why should corporations be forced to put ingredient labels on things? Caveat Emptor. Besides, the Invisible Hand will ensure that they produce only safe, quality products.

D&*%#d Big Government.

May 18, 2011 1:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JonBenninger wrote:

The reporter has several factual errors in this story. First, the product is not a dietary supplement because dietary supplements cannot be represented for use as a conventional food. Just because you call something a dietary supplement does not make it so. If you labeled the product as being a bicycle, it would not make it a bicycle. Second, the reporter says that the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements, which is not true. The FDA regulates dietary supplements, foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, blood and plasma, radiological devices, etc. Each category has regulations specific to that category. For supplements, the FDA inspects facilities to ensure they operate under Good Manufacturing Practices, forbids health or drug claims, requires pre-approval of new ingredients before they are marketed, and takes frequent enforcement actions against companies that fail to comply with the regulations. The reporter also says this product is legal. Since it is a food, and it contains melatonin which is not a legal food ingredient, the product is adulterated and therefore not legal. The story was either written by someone who does not understand the subject matter or is meant to convey inaccurate information. We have been reporting on the food and supplement sectors for 20 years, and to see an organization like Reuters do such a poor job is very surprising.
Jon Benninger, VIRGO Publishing
Food Product Design magazine
Natural Products Insider magazine

May 18, 2011 7:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
robert1234 wrote:

Although the arctical has some factual errors, it is no in error about the potential harm caused to children who may consume it, and most of whom can do so without their parents knowing about it. If it’s on the open market, then the company should be and is liable for damages if, when used as directed, it can cause harm. And no one is questioning that it can cause harm. Thus, logic says it at least is held behind the counter like cigarettes and other potentially dangerous or controlled items. Get some sense. This company should be sued out of existence for putting out a product they KNOW can and will cause significant harm to kids. Screw ‘em big time, I hope on of the parents nails them hard.

May 19, 2011 1:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BillJenner wrote:

OTC Herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA, they are regulated under an act known as DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act). If you read the label on a bottle of melatonin it contains the infamous “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition” as well as “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA”. Foods containing herbal ingredients cannot make specific health claims but can make structure/function claims like “helps promote relaxation”. They do not have to submit safety reports to the FDA and all safety reporting must be done by the consumer. Jon Benninger, you are sadly mistaken and misinformed.

May 19, 2011 11:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Geoweo wrote:

@ urza9814: The thing is, these brownies already say “For adults only: Not suitable for children.” Parents need to pay more attention to what their children are consuming. Just as a small child shouldn’t drink an energy drink, they shouldn’t be eating these brownies either. I don’t see why there should be a ban when crap like energy shots and over-the-counter “diet” pills are so rampant. There should just be an 18-and-up restriction on them so kids cannot purchase them.

May 22, 2011 4:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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