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March 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student. Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate. School spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo said the New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy. Supt. Reginald Mayo said he would review the decision to suspend the boy.
March 24, 1989 | From United Press International
Some 13,300 chocolate Easter bunnies distributed to schools and other fund-raising groups were recalled in 15 states, including California, because of several complaints about glass or similar objects found in the candy, company officials said Thursday. New Jersey authorities said testing confirmed that a sliver of glass was embedded in one piece of the candy made by Scott's of Wisconsin that was turned over to state officials for testing. No injuries were reported.
July 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Department of Public Health warned consumers Friday not to eat a certain type of candy imported from Mexico because it contains "high levels of lead" that could cause health problems, particularly in pregnant women and young children. The warning pertains to De La Rosa Pulparindo candy, a tamarind-flavored sweet. It is packaged in bright red 10-ounce boxes containing individually wrapped pieces of about half an ounce each.
April 5, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Hershey Co., the largest U.S. candy maker, increased prices for the first time in two years to counter rising costs for corn syrup and packaging. The Hershey, Pa.-based company also said it was paying more for fuel, utilities and transportation. The company raised prices on Twizzlers, Reese's and its namesake chocolate bars 4% to 5%, effective immediately. The increase affects about one-third of its products, the company said.
Fire officials warned the public Friday to use caution with holiday hard candy following the choking death this week of a 2-year-old Anaheim boy. Alberto Villa died Thursday evening when a piece of hard candy lodged in his throat, Anaheim Fire Department spokeswoman Tabby Cato said. Paramedics managed to extract the candy and start life support, but the boy died shortly after arriving at Western Medical Center-Anaheim.
Normally, it's a pretty sweet job. But this year, U.S. candy makers and sellers are getting down to business like never before. As the industry gathers for a three-day trade show that opens today in Anaheim, there is concern about how the recession and war jitters will affect people's sweet tooths. Industry officials say they are hoping the adage holds true: that in times of trouble, people will turn to chocolate for comfort.
February 22, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
A group of Oxnard youths selling candy and anti-gang novelty items got a rude welcome in the Montalvo area of Ventura when another group of youths beat them with bats and stole their candy. "Basically they started attacking them because they were from Oxnard," said Sgt. Bob Velez. "It was a turf thing." The attack occurred about 7:30 p.m. Thursday near Peacock Avenue and Hummingbird Street.
July 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
A 30-year-old man was in custody Friday after allegedly hitting his brother with a baseball bat during an argument over two candy bars, police said. Robert Mitchell was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism, and on an outstanding warrant on weapons charges, said Dennis Madsen, a Fremont police detective.
August 17, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An importing company on Friday recalled a gel candy that poses a choking hazard. Oakland-based D&V Trading Inc. has recalled the litchi, mango, taro and other flavors of Konnyaku Jelly Candies sold under the D&V and JoJomo brands. The candy is distributed in stores throughout Northern California. The brightly colored sweets come in mouth-sized servings and are made of a thick, fruit-flavored gel that people suck out of small plastic cups.
November 25, 1987 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
A Covina high school student who complained that she was dismissed as the school's drum major because she did not sell enough candy in a fund-raising drive lost a bid for reinstatement Tuesday. Pomona Superior Court Judge Burton Bach ruled that Lisa Ortiz's request for an injunction against the Covina-Valley Unified School District was moot because the band won't be needing a drum major for the rest of the school year.
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