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Published on: August 1, 2011 06:04 PM
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Washington - The Food and Drug Administration is warning the makers of melatonin-laced brownies called “Lazy Larry” that it considers them unsafe and could seize the snacks from store shelves.

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“Lazy Larry” was until July known as “Lazy Cakes,” but the Memphis-based company that makes them, HBB LLC, changed the name after some public officials expressed concern about the brownies. They are sold in many convenience stores.

Last week the FDA sent the company a warning letter, which has been obtained by The Associated Press.

The FDA says it can seize the brownies if HBB continues to market them. The agency says it does not consider melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, to be a safe food additive and that the brownies are “adulterated” because they contain the hormone.


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 Aug 01, 2011 at 06:17 PM HaNavon Says:

The only reason that they even make them is because of the prohibition of marijuana, which is completely safe, as has been demonstrated in thousands of peer reviewed studies that have been published over the past 40 years!
end prohibition!!!

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 06:40 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Sometimes I take melatonin for insomnia. It's safer than other sleep aids and has fewer side effects. I would be perfectly happy to eat a brownie instead of taking a pill.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 06:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Big deal!! Melatonin is a lot safer than Tylenol, cough medicine, sleeping pills, xanax, I could go on.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 07:27 PM Butterfly Says:

You have to be very careful of the amount of melatonin you take, even when prescribed!!

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 07:54 PM Is it Chinese sourced? Says:

When I buy salt, sugar or chicken they are somewhat regulated. Melatonin is not regulated. This means that a company using lots of it will probably find the cheapest source. If it was made in any 3rd world country without Government supervision I would be concerned. This even includes India
It is the quality, not the idea of melatonin.
I also worry about someone taking it as a snack before a long drive.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 07:12 PM esther Says:

Reply to #1  
HaNavon Says:

The only reason that they even make them is because of the prohibition of marijuana, which is completely safe, as has been demonstrated in thousands of peer reviewed studies that have been published over the past 40 years!
end prohibition!!!

marijuana is more carcenegenic then regular tobacco and prolonged use causes physical and psychiatric problems.if you're gonna smoke,smoke,but don't lie to the rest of us.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 07:04 PM G-Bro Says:

Reply to #1  
HaNavon Says:

The only reason that they even make them is because of the prohibition of marijuana, which is completely safe, as has been demonstrated in thousands of peer reviewed studies that have been published over the past 40 years!
end prohibition!!!

Is that so?...as someone with Ph.D in this area, who has treated numerous individuals with drug addiction, including marijuana-I can tell you that you are incorrect from a scientific perspective. Now, if you want to say that used in moderation, on an irregular basis, there isn't that much harm with marijuana-then that I would say makes sense. But to all out say that marijuana use across the board is safe is factually incorrect. And I am not even going to bring up it's danger in using if you already have a mental illness, as it causes symptoms to worsen-but we don't even have to go there.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 09:38 PM sechelyoshor Says:

This whole conversation is sad. What has happened to us?

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 09:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
G-Bro Says:

Is that so?...as someone with Ph.D in this area, who has treated numerous individuals with drug addiction, including marijuana-I can tell you that you are incorrect from a scientific perspective. Now, if you want to say that used in moderation, on an irregular basis, there isn't that much harm with marijuana-then that I would say makes sense. But to all out say that marijuana use across the board is safe is factually incorrect. And I am not even going to bring up it's danger in using if you already have a mental illness, as it causes symptoms to worsen-but we don't even have to go there.

As someone without a phd I can tell you from a scientific perspective that eggs not eaten in moderation is seriously bad for you as well.
Too much of anything is bad for you (sun, water, cheese, eggs, meat, soda, fruit, etc.)

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 10:14 PM Anonymous Says:

For those of you comparing melatonin to marijuana, FYI melatonin is non addictive at all and safe to give even to children as per a few doctors recommendations. It helps a lot of people fall asleep every night. Every vitamin and drug should be taken following doctors orders and for those of you who don't, that is your problem.

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 11:09 PM esther Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

As someone without a phd I can tell you from a scientific perspective that eggs not eaten in moderation is seriously bad for you as well.
Too much of anything is bad for you (sun, water, cheese, eggs, meat, soda, fruit, etc.)

too much of the items you mention does not cause depression,paranoia,panic attacks......

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 Aug 01, 2011 at 11:12 PM G-Bro Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

As someone without a phd I can tell you from a scientific perspective that eggs not eaten in moderation is seriously bad for you as well.
Too much of anything is bad for you (sun, water, cheese, eggs, meat, soda, fruit, etc.)

You are a moron...go ask a frum mother and father who has a child with a drug addiction about equating it with eggs, water, etc....

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 01:00 AM HaNavon Says:

#7,12

Your 'PhD' is meaningless in the face of literally thousands of studies that say otherwise....

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 01:06 AM HaNavon Says:

#6,

You're incorrect. Marijuana has been shown in many, many studies to not only protect against cancer, but even to reverse it.

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 04:21 AM GB_Jew Says:

Who is the rav hamachir for these cakes?

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 09:29 AM Anonymous Says:

#14: Marijuana cures cancer?! What have you been smoking?

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 10:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Is it Chinese sourced? Says:

When I buy salt, sugar or chicken they are somewhat regulated. Melatonin is not regulated. This means that a company using lots of it will probably find the cheapest source. If it was made in any 3rd world country without Government supervision I would be concerned. This even includes India
It is the quality, not the idea of melatonin.
I also worry about someone taking it as a snack before a long drive.

You worry about taking it as a snack before a long drive? It is intended as a sleep aid. Would somebody take a sleeping pill before a long drive? Sillyl statement.

#14 - where is the data that says marijuana can cure cancer? It can help with the pain and nausea associated with cancer treatment, but it cures nothing.

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 Aug 02, 2011 at 05:08 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Reply to #6  
esther Says:

marijuana is more carcenegenic then regular tobacco and prolonged use causes physical and psychiatric problems.if you're gonna smoke,smoke,but don't lie to the rest of us.

Actually, no. The research has been done, not the scare stories we were told in high school but real, peer-reviewed scientific research. It's conclusive. Cannabis is not carcinogenic. Tobacco is. The physical and psychological effects are vanishingly small compared to alcohol, tobacco and sugar.

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 Aug 03, 2011 at 02:07 AM HaNavon Says:

#16,17

Look it up.
The first studies are from univ of virginia, 1974, followed by studies in Israel, Spain, the Netherlands and the US, particularly Harvard and univ berkeley

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