BOSTON (CBS) – The Food and Drug Administration wants the makers of the brownies once known as “Lazy Cakes” to stop marketing them because they’re not safe.
Fall River’s mayor tried to get the melatonin-laced brownies banned from stores last May.
That failed, but the Memphis-based company that makes them, HBB LLC, changed the snack name to “Lazy Larry” after the public outrage from around the country.
Now, the FDA has sent the company a warning letter saying it can seize the brownies from store shelves if HBB continues to market them.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports
In the letter, the FDA said the brownies are “adulterated” because they contain the sleep aid.
“There is no food additive regulation that authorizes the use of melatonin,” the FDA letter said.
The federal agency added that it’s “not aware of any basis to conclude that melatonin is GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for use in conventional foods.”
Read: The FDA letter
In a response posted on its Facebook page Wednesday, the company said:
“Lets clear up the rumors on the street and in the press: we are in receipt of a letter from the FDA and are taking immediate steps to address their concerns – all of which stem from the way the product is packaged, labeled and marketed. To be clear, there has never been any suggestion that the product itself is unsafe in any way. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the FDA to immediately remedy these concerns, and to ensure compliance with FDA’s dietary supplement regulations.”