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Chuck Schumer calls for crackdown on 'snortable chocolate'

Chuck Schumer calls for crackdown on 'snortable chocolate'”

Schumer says the product has "no clear health value" and warrants an investigation.

Marketed as "raw cacao snuff", Coco Loko includes cacao powder, which comes from beans used in making chocolate; they contain some caffeine. The New York Democrat 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".

Coko Loko, produced by Florida based company Legal Lean, is described by its manufacturers as "infused raw cacao with a special energy blend".

Legal Lean's website says that snorting Coco Loko 'will give you a steady rush of euphoric energy and motivation that is great for partygoers to dance the night away without a crash'. It also reportedly uses ingredients common in energy drinks.

Coco Loko, which sells tubs of the powder for $19.99, did not return a call seeking comment.

Charles Schumer, who is a Democrat senator for NY, said that the FDA should investigate snortable chocolate, as there are too many questions about this product and minimal answers. More than 10 years ago, the Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone invented a small, catapult-like device called the "chocolate shooter" for snorting chocolate powder. However, according to its founder Nick Anderson, Coco Loko is safe, and it was born with the idea of the snortable chocolate is sold in Europe.

"There's really no negative publicity, so I felt we're good to go", company founder Founder Nick Anderson said on "Good Morning America" Thursday.

"Normalizing stimulants and drug consumption-like behavior is anything but harmless for our young people", Schumer said, adding that there has been a national uptick in the number of adolescents ages 12 to 17 treated for energy drink-related emergencies.

Read: What Is Queen Elizabeth II's Favorite Dessert? Medical experts have said, however, that it's unclear what the effects of the product could be. "The question is, what are the risks of doing it?"

"There are a few obvious concerns", Andrew Lane, director of the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center, said. "There's no data, and as far as I can tell, no one's studied what happens if you inhale chocolate into your nose". "First, it's not clear how much of each ingredient would be absorbed into the nasal mucus membranes". Nonetheless, he also said he didn't consult doctors to make sure about the product's safety. "Certainly this is better than using an illicit drug".

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