New Jersey schoolkids sickened by relaxation drink.


From Holmdel Township, New Jersey, the AP (12/5) reports, “Officials have removed a drink named after reggae icon Bob Marley after several New Jersey students were sickened.” The drink, called “Marley's Mellow Mood, contains valerian root and chamomile and is promoted to reduce stress.” On Friday, several students at Satz Middle School fell ill after consuming the drink. “The drink's nutrition facts say it may cause drowsiness and isn't intended for children.”

On its website, CBS News (12/5, Castillo) reports that the students “purchased Marley's Mellow Mood from their cafeteria.” Their “symptoms included vomiting, splitting headaches and feeling drowsy.” One child described the situation as “a zombiefest.”

Fox News (12/4) reports on its website that “the drinks have since been removed from the schools.” Fox News adds, “The drink, which is named after the deceased reggae star Bob Marley, is described as the 'anti-energy drink' and says it contains 100% natural, calming botanicals.” Also covering the story is the Daily Mail (UK) (12/5, Quigley).