The FDA has received more than 100 adverse event reports from children and adults who consumed edibles containing THC, including hospitalizations.

the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers against accidental ingestion of food products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in children.

The FDA has been informed that some manufacturers package and label edibles containing THC to resemble popular brands of commonly eaten foods. These products are packaged to look like Cap’n Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Nerds Ropes, Starbursts, Sour Patch Kids and Trix, among others.

These products appeal to children and can easily be confused with popular and well-known foods, according to the FDA.

There have been several media reports describing children and adults who have accidentally consumed copycat edibles containing THC and experienced adverse effects.

From January 2021 to April 24, 2022, the FDA received over 100 adverse event reports. Some people who have consumed these edibles have reportedly experienced adverse effects such as hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, and vomiting, and many have required medical intervention or hospitalization.

Seven of the reports specifically mention that the edible is a copycat of popular foods, such as Cocoa Pebbles, Nerds Rope, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids and Starburst.

The FDA is actively working with federal and state partners to further address concerns related to these products and monitor the market for adverse events, product complaints, and other emerging cannabis-derived products of potential concern.

Consumers should call 9-1-1 or get emergency medical help immediately if they or someone in their care has serious side effects from these products. Always keep these products in a safe place, out of the reach of children.

Consumers should call the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222 if a child has consumed these products. Don’t wait for symptoms to call you.

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