A new snortable chocolate product called Coco Loko should be investigated by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says.
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The New York Democrat and Senate minority leader is concerned that the product could be harmful and is being marketed like a drug, CBS News/Associated Press reported.
"This suspect product has no clear health value," he 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it has yet to determine whether it has authority to regulate snortable chocolate, CBS/AP reported.
The effects of inhaling chocolate are unclear, but a number of doctors have expressed concerns.
"The question is, what are the risks of doing it?" said Dr. Andrew Lane, director of the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center, told the Washington Post. "There's no data, and as far as I can tell, no one's studied what happens if you inhale chocolate into your nose. When I mention it to people, nobody's ever heard of it."
In a health blog he writes for Forbes, Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote: "Why in the world would you snort chocolate (along with energy drink ingredients) when you can just eat it? What's next? Sticking Hershey's kisses in your ear?" CBS/AP reported.
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