WASHINGTON (KMOX) – The FDA has declared “Lazy Cakes,” a controversial brownie that contains the sleeping aid melatonin, unsafe.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin called on the FDA to do something about the brownies, which are easily found on convenience store shelves and feature an eye-catching package with a cartoon brownie in a relaxed pose.

Because they are marketed as dietary supplements, the brownies do not require FDA approval. But the FDA now says “Lazy Cakes,” which have undergone a name change to “Lazy Larry,” are clearly a conventional food containing the unapproved food additive melatonin and are unsafe.

The manufacturer now has 15 days to respond to the FDA indicating what it is doing to correct the violation.

The brownie caught attention earlier this year when Missouri Poison Center Director Dr. Anthony Scalzo warned parents about the snack.

Scalzo says he’s already aware of at least two local kids overdosing on “Lazy Cakes.”

“Specifically a five-year-old and an 18-month-old,” he tells KMOX News. “They had eaten a Lazy Cake brownie, and both of them experienced drowsiness, lethargy.”

The drowsiness in general isn’t serious, Dr. Scalzo explains, but when combined with riding a bike or climbing a tree could prove dangerous to kids.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (2)
  1. hangryhippo says:

    Wow what a strange concept. What was the purpose of these brownies anyways? To put you to sleep? How is that a good dietary supplement? So you’re too tired to eat? Strange.

  2. Joan says:

    I have never seen these at the store here in PA, but wouldn’t you think something like this would be sold at a pharmacy? If melatonin is a sleep aid, make sure kids can’t get into them if you purchase them, same as Tylenol PM.

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