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Posted April 9, 2014

Maker of Relaxation Drink Warned For Melatonin Ingredient

On March 27, 2014, the FDA issued a warning letter to Dewmar International BMC, Inc. following a review of the company's product packaging and labels, which found the "relaxation beverage" Lean Slow Motion ...Potion (Easta Pink, Purp, and Yella varieties) to be adulterated because it contains melatonin. Melatonin is allowed as a dietary supplement ingredient, but is not approved as an ingredient in conventional foods and beverages, which are subject to different regulations.

The FDA noted that while Lean Slow Motion labels include the term "dietary supplement," the drink is otherwise marketed as a conventional beverage. It is described as the "#1 relaxation beverage" and "the most potent relaxation drink" on the company's website. Like conventional foods and beverages, it is labeled with a Nutrition Facts panel, rather than the Supplement Facts panel used on dietary supplement labels. The drinks also contain ingredients commonly found in carbonated beverages, such as carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, natural flavor, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and are packaged similarly, in single-serving pop-top aluminum cans.

In the past, the FDA has warned companies for adding melatonin to conventional foods such as cookies, brownies and beverages.

See's Review of Melatonin Supplements for tests of supplements containing melatonin, and more information about this ingredient.

See Related Warnings:

Melatonin in Cookies and Drinks -- Not Allowed, Says FDA

FDA Calls "Melatonin Brownie" Unsafe and Sends Warning to Manufacturer

To read the FDA's warning letter, use the link below.