Latest epidemic: snorting chocolate

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Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) wants to address legislation that will regulate caffeinated, snortable chocolate.

The New York Senator issued a letter to the FDA Saturday, calling for them to investigate caffeine in “Coco loko”, a form of coco powder being sold online for recreational inhalation.

Manufacturer Legal Lean Co. derived the product from a popular European version, and markets it as “raw cacao snuff.” The website promises users to gain “motivation that is great for partygoers to dance the night away without a crash.” The product sells on line for $19.99 per 3.5 gram tin.

Founder Nick Anderson said in an interview with ABC that he believes Coco loko to be safe and that there was no negative publicity with the European product he created it from.

“There’s really no negative publicity, so I felt we’re good to go,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday.

However, as well as containing cacao powder and caffeine, Coco loko’s ingredients label portrays many common energy drink additives as well.

“This suspect product has no clear health value,” Charles Schumer said in a statement. “I can’t think of a single parent who thinks it is a good idea for their children to be snorting over-the-counter stimulants up their noses.”

The FDA hasn’t yet verified if it has the purview to regulate the product.

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