Officials at a school in Holmdel Township, New Jersey removed a drink from the lunch menu after several students became sick from it. The drink, called Marley’s Mellow Mood (named after reggae icons Bob Marley) contains chamomile and valerian root, which are promoted to reduce stress. However, the drink expressly states on the nutrition facts panel that it may cause drowsiness and is not intended for children.
Students at Holmdel High School and Satz Middle School were able to purchase the drink on campus, an error attributed to a negligent manager with the school’s food service provider, Chartwells School Dining Services. According to the Ashbury Park Press, the manager, has been removed pending an investigation, and the Marley drink has been removed from other schools.
Students who bought and consumed the drink complained of headaches, nausea, lethargy, and elevated heart rates. Officials are still trying to determine exactly how many students were affected by the beverage.
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