Candy from Mexico sickens Palmer students

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A group of students at Colony Middle School in Palmer became ill Thursday after eating candy a fellow student brought back from Mexico.

Alaska State Troopers were called to the school after several students developed flu-like symptoms. None of the students were hospitalized, troopers said.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said a boy apparently shared the candy with his class and 20 of the 27 students fell ill.

Wilkinson said all the students were checked out by the school nurse.

Troopers have sent seven pieces of the candy to the state crime lab in Anchorage for analysis. No foul play is suspected, Sgt. Mark Ridling said.

Ridling said the candy is dark purple, caramel textured, individually wrapped and sealed in cellophane.

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