FDA says sleepy brownies are unsafe

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

"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.

**Photo courtesy of www.lazylarrybrownie.com


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