Parents may be accidentally overdosing their kids with mislabeled melatonin, lawsuit alleges (Andrea Michelson) – Wednesday


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  • A lawsuit filed in California alleges that a bottle of Zarbee’s melatonin gummies contained twice the listed dosage.
  • The Children’s Sleep gummies were meant to contain 1 mg of melatonin a piece.
  • Too much melatonin can cause headaches, nausea, and agitation.

Melatonin overdoses in children are on the rise, and one lawsuit filed in California has alleged that inaccurate labels are to blame.

Krystal Lopez, a mother in Salinas, California, purchased a bottle of Zarbee’s Children’s Sleep with Melatonin gummies for her 8-year-old child this June, according to the suit. The gummies were meant to contain 1 milligram of melatonin a piece, but the suit alleges that the true melatonin content was more than twice the amount listed on the label.

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For reasons not disclosed in the lawsuit, Lopez had the gummies tested at a university laboratory to determine how much melatonin was actually in the bottle she purchased. The lab also tested at least one other bottle from a separate lot, according to results summarized in the suit.

The gummies in Lopez’s bottle contained 2.13 mg of melatonin on average, the suit alleges. Another bottle was found to contain 1.29 mg of melatonin per gummy — a marginal increase from the 1 mg listed on the label.

The suit, filed by law firm Dovel & Luner, claims that Zarbee’s has “serious and systematic problems with its dosing and labelling [sic],” and that Lopez and other consumers would not have purchased the gummies had they known the product was mislabeled.

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