Skittles Sends Two People to Hospital After Sharing Contaminated Candy

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Two people were sent to hospital after sharing a bag of Skittles, which appeared to contain contaminated candy. The pair rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, saying they had burning throats, diarrhea and cramping and the Indiana State Department of Health was immediately alerted with regard to the reportedly tainted candy. Skittles representatives also opened an investigation and stated that customers’ safety is essential for the company. The Indiana State Department of Health joined forces with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Indiana State Police and started an investigation.

Skittles sent two people to hospital after they shared a bag of supposedly contaminated candy and an inspection was opened immediately after. Although the Indiana State Department of Health stated that the package seemed to contain a unidentified chemical substance, WNDU revealed the fact that the candy contained no toxins, and therefore it was safe to eat. The laboratory results became available one day after the news broke that a bag of Skittles was responsible for hospitalizing two people and proved to be negative, as far as chemical substances were concerned. Although the pair rushed to the hospital saying they had burning throats, diarrhea and cramping after sharing what seemed to be contaminated candy, the Indiana State Health Department concluded that the candy was not the cause of the pair’s symptoms.

The agency announced that the cause of illness of the two people hospitalized after eating candy is uncertain and still under investigation.

On Thursday, a pair bought a bag of Skittles from a Marathon Food Mart in Richmond and soon after, they required hospital treatment for burning throats, diarrhea and cramping. The Indiana State Department of Health took action and warned people who purchased bags of candy from this brand with the lot numbers 08JUL14 023 or 01DEC14 023 not to throw the candy away, but to put the bags in an envelope and immediately send them to the Indiana State Police.

The Marathon Food Mart convenience store and official distributor of the brand Eby Brown threw away all the bags of candy made by the famous company with the lot numbers which supposedly contained contaminated sweets.

At the same time, Chicago-based Skittles producer William Wrigley Jr. Co.’s spokeswoman Denise Young told the Associated Press that the company puts its customers’ safety first and, as a result, the issue is being investigated. Young also pointed out the fact that the candy company takes security issues seriously.

Health Department spokesperson Amy Reel stated that the agency is working closely with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Indiana State Police. Although results show that the Skittles bags were not contaminated, the investigation continues in order to find out what triggered the severe symptoms after the pair shared a bag of candy.

The case which involves the famous brand of candy was closed, but it is still unclear what caused the violent symptoms. Two people were sent to hospital after sharing a bag of reportedly contaminated candy, but laboratory results concluded that Skittles was not the cause of the illness.

By Gabriela Motroc

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