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Utah children who ate THC candy released from hospital; food bank to change policies

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Apr. 7, 2020 at 2:34 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 6, 2020 at 6:17 p.m.

ROY — Two children who were hospitalized on Friday after eating THC-infused candy from a food bank have been released from the hospital.

The children received the candy from one of Utah Food Bank’s partner locations, Roy Baptist Church.

The 11-year-old and 5-year-old were both hospitalized at Primary Children’s Medical Center on Friday after eating “Medicated Nerds Rope” candy.

“These packages look exactly like regular Nerds Rope packages, so it is almost impossible to detect the difference unless a person knows specifically what to look for,” Utah Food Bank officials said in a statement.

Ferrara Candy Company, which owns Nerds, said in a statement released on Tuesday the THC product is a counterfeit.

“This product is counterfeit and in no way associated with Ferrara Candy Company," a spokesperson wrote in an email to "We want to reassure consumers that Nerds products donated directly by the company, found at major retailers across the country or purchased through, are safe to consume. We have reached out to the local authorities and will continue to cooperate with their investigation.”

In a statement released on Monday, Utah Food Bank confirmed the children had been released from the hospital and said officials don’t anticipate any other families will be affected.

Roy police investigated the incident and contacted families who were potentially at risk of obtaining the candy.

“We are absolutely horrified that this product went out to any of our partner agencies, and can easily see how volunteers would not have known what to look for,” Utah Food Bank President and CEO Ginette Bott said in a statement. “We apologize to any families who may have received this product.”

As a result of the incident, the food bank is changing its policies and procedures when it comes to bulk donations.

To ensure this doesn’t happen again, more than 200 food banks across the nation have been notified through Utah Food Bank’s partnership with Feeding America to inform them of the products' existence and what to look for.

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