Schumer calls on FDA to regulate 'snortable chocolate'

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-09 12:04:43-04

NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to look into a "snortable chocolate" powder that's being sold as a way to get a "euphoric energy" rush.

In a letter Saturday, the New York Democrat asks the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the use of caffeine in inhalable food products such as so-called Coco Loko.

Marketed as "raw cacao snuff," it includes powder made from cacao beans, which contain some caffeine. According to news reports, Coco Loko also includes common energy-drink ingredients.

Schumer's worried it could prove harmful.

Orlando, Florida-based manufacturer Legal Lean Co. didn't return a call seeking comment. Founder Nick Anderson has said he didn't consult any medical professionals but believes Coco Loko is safe.

The FDA has said it hasn't determined whether it has authority to regulate snortable chocolate.

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