WASHINGTON — A snortable chocolate powder marketed as an energy supplement is raising serious health concerns.
The company’s website says Coco Loko is “infused raw cacao with a special energy blend.”
Doctors say snorting the powder can worsen respiratory issues such as asthma and bronchitis and may even lead to cancer.
Some lawmakers don’t trust it either.
The Senate minority leader is calling for a federal investigation into the product.
“They say to the kids. This is their own ad: ‘Get an endorphin rush, get a serotonin rush and a state of euphoria.’ They advertise that it’s similar to ecstasy,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
“What kind of product should be on a candy shelf that’s similar to ecstasy? What kind of product should kids be allowed to buy that’s similar to ecstasy? And why does the company have such gall that they advertise it this way?”
Schumer wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, asking the agency to look into Coco Loko.
The FDA hasn’t said yet if it has the power to regulate the product.