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July 29, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Every day, 34 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for choking on food, and the food they're most likely to be choking on is candy, according to a new study. Hard candy accounted for 15.5% of the nonfatal choking incidents documented in a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, making it the food item most frequently cited. No. 2 was “other candy,” which caused an additional 12.8% of choking incidents requiring serious medical attention. By the time kids were 4 years old, a whopping 55.2% of choking incidents involved some kind of candy.
November 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
If your typical breakfast consists of leftover chocolate cake washed down with a swig of Coke, you may be a candidate for a nutritional makeover. We're looking for volunteers to participate in our "Pantry Raid" series, in which we overhaul diets and give you practical suggestions for eating and cooking more healthfully. We'll come to your house with a registered dietitian, who will go through your refrigerator, freezer and cabinets and suggest ways to improve your eating habits.
June 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A 68-year-old woman with a mild case of dementia apparently survived nearly two weeks alone in the woods by nibbling candy. Vernita Frazier was hospitalized in good condition in Bremerton, where she was treated for hypothermia, cuts and scrapes. Police said Frazier endured temperatures as low as 37 degrees. Frazier vanished May 28 after going for a walk. She "apparently left home with some candy in her purse, and she'd been eating a little of it every day," hospital spokeswoman Patti Hart said.
November 2, 1998 | Reuters
Tablets were found hidden in candy given to a young girl who was out trick-or-treating here for Halloween, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. "A small child told her parents that she had bitten into a piece of bubble gum and found a white tablet," Det. Steve Norton told Reuters. A total of four tablets were found among the candy, and they have been sent to a lab for analysis. The girl suffered no ill effects, and authorities are investigating the incident, Norton said.
May 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Santa Clara County jury will decide whether a Taiwanese sweets maker is responsible for the death of a San Jose girl. The family of 12-year-old Michelle Enrile sued Sheng Hsiang Jen Foods, alleging that the girl fell into a coma in 1999 after she choked on one of the gel candies. The child died in July 2001. Based on that and other incidents, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sticky sweet. The girl's family is seeking $16.6 million in damages.
February 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Animal rights activists are upset by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that's shaped like critters run over by cars -- complete with tire treads. The fruity-flavored Trolli Road Kill Gummi Candy -- in shapes of partly flattened snakes, chickens and squirrels -- fosters animal cruelty, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Trenton. Kraft said that the candy was not meant to be offensive.
August 16, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Grocery giant Safeway pulled a popular candy from its 200 stores in Northern California after the gel-filled cups were linked to the deaths of two children in the state. The Santa Clara County Department of Public Health was expected to issue a rare "alert to parents" warning about the candy and advising them to cut the cups up before letting kids have them. The sweet snacks contain a kind of jelly that does not readily dissolve in the mouth. Often, the gel surrounds a piece of fruit.
October 26, 1990
Orange Coast College is offering to examine Halloween candy brought into the radiology lab after the tricks and treats are delivered next week. An X-ray machine will be able to detect harmful objects, such as razor blades, glass and other sharp objects that can be placed in Halloween candy, said OCC radiology program director Lorraine Henry. Parents can bring candy to Room 103 of OCC's Center for Applied Sciences Building on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
December 21, 1985
Students at a Sylmar elementary school, snacking Friday on candy bars that their teacher had given them, discovered metal pins in some of the candy, which had been purchased at a Simi Valley supermarket, Simi Valley police reported. None of the fifth- and sixth-grade children was injured in the incident at Hubbard Street Elementary School, Los Angeles police Lt. Dennis Dunn said.
June 16, 2005 | From Reuters
A sticky debate over free trade soured the U.S. candy industry's annual trade show in Chicago on Wednesday, pitting candy makers against sugar growers and labor unions. Unions and their supporters, protesting during the All Candy Expo, say the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement will endanger more candy factory jobs. They already blame an exodus of candy factory jobs on the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.
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