2 children hospitalized after eating THC-infused candy they got at Utah food bank

(Photo courtesy of Roy police) A bag of "Medicated Nerds" rope candy given out by the Utah Food Bank at a distribution point in Roy. The candies contained THC, and an 11-year-old girl went to the hospital for treatment on Friday, April 3, 2020, after eating one.

An 11-year-old and a 5-year-old went to the hospital Friday after eating THC-infused Nerds candy they got from a Utah Food Bank distribution center in Roy.

The children’s families picked up their bag of food from Roy Baptist Church, at 2025 W. 5700 South. Roy police said in a news release that they know 63 bags of food containing the “Medicated Nerds” rope candy were distributed.

An 11-year-old girl was the first to receive treatment. Later a 5-year-old was also hospitalized, FOX 13 reported, adding that three other children ate the candy.

The ropes contained 400mg of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. They were in the original packaging, which included a THC warning label and dosage information.

Once those handing out bags learned the THC candy was inside, they were removed from the remaining bags, the release stated.

Police are asking anyone who got a bag containing the candies to contact them at 801-629-8221 so they can collect them. The release said this distribution point was the only one that received this 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 told FOX 13. “We apologize to any families who may have received this product and are changing our processes involving such donations immediately to avoid this happening again.”

Police did not immediately respond to The Salt Lake Tribune’s request for comment on Saturday evening.

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