Lazy Larry's Brownies plugs its product as the brownies that have the "Relaxation Baked In." But the FDA is anything but relaxed about it.
The brownie treats, sold in convenience stores and via the company's website, feature a logo of a smiling — and notably relaxed brownie. The brownies are made with melatonin, an over-the-counter dietary supplement that claims to help users relax. It's because of this additive that the FDA considers the brownies unsafe and has threatened to remove them from store shelves.
According to the Lazy Larry's website,
"A dozen of these individually wrapped chocolate brownies and you should be good to go for 2 weeks of relaxation and pleasant times. It takes about 30-45 minutes to fell [sic] you soul melt away in to relaxation....100% All Natural 50 state legal."
Obviously spelling errors aside, this description vaguely reminds me of something from my college years — but I just can't put my finger on it...
Regardless, the FDA has issued a warning to Lazy Larry that its melatonin-laced brownies are considered unsafe. Their letter to Incense Specialties, Inc, the maker of Lazy Larry's Brownies states:
"Your “Lazy Larry” product is adulterated under section 402(a)(2)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) [21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(2)(C)] because it bears or contains an unsafe food additive. Specifically, it contains melatonin (5-methoxy-N-acetyltryptamine, CAS Reg. No. 73-31-4), which is a neurohormone and is an unapproved food additive under section 409 of the FDCA [21 U.S.C. § 348]."
The company has 15 days from the receipt of the warning letter to provide the FDA with the specific steps it has taken to address the violation.