FDA Says Not to Snort Chocolate Powder

The FDA posted a warning letter to Legal Lean Syrup and Coco Loko for promoting products as alternatives to street drugs.

Coco Loko / Image: LegalLeanStore.com
Coco Loko / Image: LegalLeanStore.com

There are plenty of ways to consume chocolate, but the FDA doesn’t want people snorting it. A recent press announcement from the FDA said the regulator warned marketers and distributers of Legal Lean Syrup and Coco Loko for promoting the products as alternatives to street drugs. According to the warning letter, the companies’ promotional materials suggest their products can be used like cocaine and may pose safety concerns.

Coco Loko contains taurine and guarana, neither of which have been tested for intranasal administration, which can trigger spasms of the vocal cords and induce or exacerbate asthma. An FDA analysis of Legal Lean Syrup found that the product contained the active pharmaceutical ingredient doxylamine, which was not listed on the product labeling. Approved products containing doxylamine carry warnings that they should not be consumed with alcoholic beverages.

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