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17 May 2011

Relaxation brownie causes uproar

Two Massachusetts towns are moving to ban sales of a "relaxation" brownie named Lazy Cakes, laced with melatonin and sold in food markets.

Two Massachusetts towns are moving to ban sales of a "relaxation" brownie named Lazy Cakes, laced with melatonin and sold in food markets, after children who ate them required hospitalisation.

Considered a dietary supplement rather than a drug, melatonin is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Doctors say an adult dosage could be dangerous to a child, effectively acting as a strong drug akin to diazepam (Valium).

 
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