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Lab Tests Say Richmond Skittles Safe

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State health officials say it's been determined there were no unusual chemical substances in packages of Original Skittles sold at a Richmond, Indiana, Marathon Food Mart. The Indiana State Department of Health says field testing pointed to possible contamination, but authorities say the more advanced lab tests showed no toxins. They 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, which is why lab tests are conducted for confirmation. Officials say two people in east-central Indiana were treated at a hospital for burning throats, cramping and diarrhea, and the Department of Health continues to investigate the cause of the sudden onset of illness.   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, health officials say State Police are closing the investigation and there is no further need to collect samples of Skittles purchased from the Marathon Food Mart.


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