LEBANON, Ohio -- A snack food found in some Tri-State stores is raising some concerns.
"Lazy Cakes" are marketed as "relaxation brownies" in some gas stations and stores. One of the ingredients listed is melatonin, a hormone usually used to treat some types of sleep disorders and some types of insomnia.
News 5's Karin Johnson bought one Friday from a Lebanon gas station and took it to Bryan's Family Pharmacy for examination.
Pharmacist Bryan Hutcheson told Johnson that a Lazy Cake contains nearly 8 milligrams of melatonin, which is about three times the average medical dosage for an adult.
"It's very shocking they would put that much in there," he said.
But Hutcheson said that the cartoonish packaging appears to be intended to appeal to children, and some parents who saw the packaging agreed.
"I had no idea they even made stuff like this in brownies," Chuck Hughes said. "I mean, like my son is 8 years old. What if he eats something like that?"
A small disclaimer on the back of the package states that these should only be eaten by adults.
Hutcheson told Johnson that a single brownie wouldn't cause an overdose in a child, but he would strongly caution against allowing children to eat them.
"This is not a good after-sports snack for your children," he said.
Melatonin was in the news locally last year when a pair of day care workers were convicted of giving the hormone to children in their care to make them nap. The hormone is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
POSTED: 2:04 pm EST February 25, 2011
UPDATED: 6:08 pm EST February 25, 2011
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