Richmond Skittles are safe to eat

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 7, 2014) — The Indiana State Department of Health Laboratory determined the Skittles sold at a Richmond, Ind., Marathon Food Mart are safe to eat.

Possible contamination of two lots of Original Skittles was determined when field testing showed preliminary chemical results on March 5.

These results are unsubstantiated as no toxins were found in the candy. As a precaution to protect public safety, a warning was issued based on test results conducted with equipment available in the field.

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, which is why lab tests are conducted for confirmation. The Indiana State Police initiated its investigation based on the preliminary field test results.

Now that advanced testing has determined no presence of unusual chemical substances, the state police are closing the investigation.

There is no further need to collect samples of Skittles purchased from the Marathon Food Mart. The packages of Original Skittles have been determined not to contain toxins and are safe to eat.

The Indiana State Department of Health continues to investigate the cause of illness.