BY BOB HOLT
The nutrition facts on the “anti-energy” drink Marley’s Mellow Mood say the ingredients are botanical, and blended to mellow a person’s mood.
The label says the beverage is not intended for children.
But MyFoxNY reported that the drink was sold at the William R. Satz Middle School in Holmdel, and a number of students had an adverse reaction to it. The school sent a letter to parents saying that several students reported nausea, headaches, light-headedness, and lethargic feelings.
Chartwells School Dining Services, which provides food service for the district, has taken the drink out of the school. According to the Asbury Park Press, Chartwells said an investigation was underway, and an on-site manager has been removed.
The company said the beverage had not been approved for sale at any of its schools.
Marley’s Mellow Mood is part of a line of 100 percent natural relaxation beverages created by a partnership between VIVA Beverages and the family of late legendary musician Bob Marley. The beverage web site says ingredients contained in the drink are valerian root, hops, chamomile, lemon balm, and passion flower, designed to reduce stress and ease the mind.
Marley’s beverage company released a statement, according to the Asbury Park Press, "Our packaging clearly states that Marley’s Mellow Mood is not intended for consumption by children. Our company’s policy is not to sell Marley’s Mellow Mood in schools, and we have no intention of ever doing so."
Marley died of cancer in 1981.