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Marley in a Can

Marley's Mellow Mood beverage makes several kids mellow on Friday at Satz school.

A friend called me on Friday to tell me about an incident that occurred at Satz.  A number of students (her son included) consumed “Marley in a Can” which is actually called Marley’s Mellow Mood.  Students were not feeling well, they were lethargic and reported feeling “weird”.  Allegedly the school is having some samples of the beverage tested.

Well, it is no surprise because the product which is an “anti-energy” drink, boasts that it promotes relaxation in the spirit of Bob Marley.  Let’s say most kids are not accustomed to this sedate feeling.  More importantly – why was a product like this sold in the school at all?  The label clearly states “not intended for children.”  Hello – who is the consumer in a school?

There is supposed to be a school “wellness” policy which impacts the foods sold on school property.  Marley’s Mellow Mood’s first ingredient after water is sugar.  It is my understanding that schools are not supposed to be selling products like these.

While these anti-energy drinks are not “as bad” as energy drinks, the fact is that none of these beverages belong in schools – not even soda or sports drinks.  To me, if it’s not water, milk or 100% fruits juice – there is no reason for it to be sold in the schools.  The website claims the beverage contains valerian root, yet the ingredient label doesn’t state it is in the product.  Valerian root is used in the
same manner as melatonin.

Kids are not aware of the herbal ingredients, or their intended "claims" in products like this or Vitamin Water and we do them a disservice by offering them for
sale in schools.  Parents should spend time speaking with their children about the food and beverage choices they make.  However, the school should be a safe environment for kids – which includes safe food and beverages.


Just because it’s “natural” does not mean it’s safe.  The DSHEA legislation of 1994 keeps supplements, herbs, plant extracts, vitamins and minerals in an unregulated
space.  As a parent, I would not want my children to be guinea pigs for industry and neither should you.

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Jennifer December 04, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Thanks because I would really like to see a public follow-up by someone outside Holmdel and Chartwells.
Michael December 04, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Yes but no one was drugged. You make it seem as if the school planned on drugging these kids. And as far as the school selling this product. I think they should be able to sell whatever they want as long as it is legal. It is up to the kids to decide what to purchase. In the real world this product could be sold anywhere and it is up to us as customers to decide what we do and do not drink.
Jacklyn Corley December 04, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Hi Dina, We're very fortunate to have Felicia Stoler, a Holmdel resident and nationally-recognized nutritionist, blogging on Holmdel-Hazlet Patch. The Local Voices section provides an opportunity for residents to share their opinions and expertise. These blog posts also alert us to potential storylines, such as the availability of Marley's Mellow Mood drink at Satz. Felicia's blog post was given featured at the top of the homepage and within our newsletter this weekend, and Senior Local Editor Christina Johnson followed up on the issue: Marley Drink, Chartwells Manager Removed From Holmdel School District (http://holmdel-hazlet.patch.com/articles/marley-drink-chartwells-manager-removed-from-holmdel-school-district)
D. Hamwi December 04, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Jacklyn - Felicia did a great job & I am so happy she blogged about it! I enjoy reading her blogs. Sorry if you miss understood me. I am not against Felicia at all. I was just wondering why didn't Patch address it as a front page article, that's all? I thought for sure it was a very important topic for the Community, especially since it's regarding our children. I kept searching & never found anything till today, Monday. I love reading the Patch & look forward to my daily updates. I appreciate all the contributors & have never posted anything negative.
lisa December 04, 2012 at 04:52 AM
So, the school board has taken no responsibility for this. Barbara Duncan did not even sign her name to the most recent letter regarding this issue . Who is really in charge of our schools cafeterias ?

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