Two people hospitalized after eating bag of Skittles

RICHMOND, Ind. (WISH) – Two people had to be hospitalized after sharing the same bag of Skittles.

The candy was bought at a Marathon Food Mart on the 2100 block of National Road West in Richmond.

The state health department says the two complained the candy made their throats burn and gave them cramps and diarrhea. Both were treated at Reid Hospital. Now, the health department is trying to figure out what was on the contaminated candy.

Coated in an array of colors, it’s no surprise why Skittles chose the slogan “Taste the Rainbow.” But when two people dug into a bag, tasting a rainbow might not be what came to mind.

News of the tainted treat spread quickly around town.

“I was scared because my son, it’s his favorite candy,” said parent Tracy Thomas. “I don’t want my kids getting sick you know. His health is more important than bad candy.”

That bad candy came from one of the big nine ounce bags.

Investigators tested the Skittles that the victims ate. They also bought 11 more bags from the store that shared the same lot number and plan on testing them too.

“We felt if we could get them off the shelf our self then we would,” said Jason Howard, Environmental Health Specialist with the Wayne County Health Department.

During preliminary tests, investigators found the candy did have a chemical on it. But further tests showed the candy no unusual chemical substances.

Officials say it is not uncommon for equipment available in the field to yield results that are found to be different than those obtained in a laboratory test. They say Skittles are safe to eat.

“Until the state gets back with what is wrong with them or if there is anything wrong with them, then we’ll do what the state tells us to do,” Howard said.

Eby Brown is the company that sold the Skittles to the Marathon. The Health Department said the company, as well as the gas station, has pulled all of the bags with the lot numbers in question. But it might be a while before Tracy Thomas lets her son enjoy his sugar filled favorite.

“Oh I’m still going to buy them but it’ll later down the road, wait until the scare’s gone,” she said.

24-Hour News 8 called Eby Brown this morning hoping to find out how many stores had to pull the Skittles off their shelves, but we haven’t heard back.

If you think you might have bought one of the 9oz bags, here are the lot numbers in question:

  • 08JUL14 023
  • 01DEC14 023

If your bag has one of those series of numbers, you’re asked to put it in an envelope. Then call Indiana State Police at 1-800-527-4752. They will arrange a time to come pick them up.

As for the testing, the health department said the lab results should be ready by Friday or Monday.

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