Health Officials: "No Unusual Chemical" In Skittles

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

Health Officials: "No Unusual Chemical" In Skittles

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Ind. (21Alive) - The Indiana State Department of Health determined packets of Skittles sold at a Richmond convenience store were not contaminated.

Health officials said Thursday in a release that "no unusual chemical substances" were found when the candy was tested.

Preliminary tests showed some sort of chemical in the Skittles believed to have made two customers severely ill. Health officials say the further testing was done as a means to confirm what, if any the substance is.

In this case, health officials say there was no contamination.

"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," the Indiana State Department of Health said in a statement. "Now that advanced testing has determined no presence of unusual chemical substances, the state police are closing the investigation."

Health officials say, however, they will continue to investigate what made the people sick.

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The Indiana State Department of Health is investigating what caused two people to get severely ill from eating Skittles from a Richmond gas station.

Health officials determined packages of Original Skittles sold Tues., Mar. 4, at a Marathon Food Mart, 2105 National Rd. W., contained "unconfirmed chemical substances."

Two people were hospitalized with burning throats, cramping and diarrhea, ISDH says. They have since been released.

Samples of the Skittles have been sent to a state laboratory for more testing.

State health officials say contaminated Skittles came from the lot numbers: "08JUL14 023" and "01DEC14 023"


Anyone who purchased packets with those lot numbers--unopened or opened with candy still in bag--should keep Skittles in safe place and contact Indiana State Police at 1-800-527-4752. Arrangements will be made to pick up the contaiminated Skittles.

The food mart and the Skittles distributor, Eby-Brown, have stopped sales of Skittles at the food mart, and have pulled the candy from shelf.




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