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FDA investigates illnesses caused by mushroom microdosing chocolate

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The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are involved in investigating illnesses caused by the consumption of mushroom microdosing chocolate bars from the Diamond Shruumz brand. According to the FDA, the people who ate the bars reported severe symptoms.

A total of eight illnesses have been reported including four cases from Arizona. The symptoms include seizures, abnormal heart rates and vomiting.

According to Banner Health, Arizona poison control centers are warning about the health risks.

The investigation remains ongoing as the FDA determines what causes the illnesses and the next steps to be taken.

The FDA currently advises people to not purchase any Diamond Shruumz chocolate bars and should discard them if found in their homes. The administration also tells retailers to not sell or distribute the product.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.