Police: Metal object found in Halloween candy
MIDDLEBURY — Shortly after 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 police responded to a report that a metal object was found in a piece of Laffy Taffy candy. A resident reported she opened the sealed wrapper on the candy and fed it to her dog as a treat. She reported the dog cut its mouth and on retrieving the candy she found a metal object was imbedded in it. The person reporting the incident said she believed her child had received the candy while going door to door in Buttolph Acres.
The police have recovered the candy, the object, and the candy wrapper. The metal object was about the size of the piece of candy and imbedded inside the candy. It appears to be a broken remnant of a manufacturing process. There was no evidence found that the wrapper had been tampered with after it was sealed at the factory. There was no evidence of malicious intent on the part of the person (as yet unknown) who distributed the candy as a Halloween treat.
The police are currently working with representatives from the manufacturer, the Nestle company, on determining what the object is and how it got embedded within the taffy. Nestle has been provided photographs of the item and wrapper as well as lot and production identification information.
The police investigation is continuing. As always, police recommend parents examine candy that they’ve received from third parties for evidence of tampering prior to consumption. Any such suspicious packages should be turned over to the police. To date, this is the only report of contaminated candy the police have been alerted to.