INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) – Health officials have learned that packages of Original Skittles sold at a Richmond, Ind., Marathon Food Mart contained unconfirmed chemical substances, according to preliminary tests. Richmond is on the eastern side of the state.
The contamination was discovered following the sudden illness of two individuals who ate from a package of Original Skittles on the afternoon of March 4th.
The individuals visited the hospital and were treated for burning throats, cramping and diarrhea and have since been released from the hospital.
State and local health officials are working with Indiana State Police, the Food and Drug Administration and others to investigate the situation.
Samples of the Skittles have been sent to the State Laboratory for testing.
Health officials are asking individuals who have purchased Skittles with the lot numbers 08JUL14 023 and 01DEC14 023 not consume the product.
Unopened packages, or open packages with product still in the bag, should be placed in an envelope and held in a safe place until recovered by the Indiana State Police.
Contact the Indiana State Police Pendleton Post at 800-527-4752 (The 800 number only works in Indiana). Please provide the officer with your name, phone number and address where the Skittles are being held and arrangements will be made to retrieve them as soon as possible.