Sewing Needles Found Stuffed in Candy During City Trick-Or-Treat Event

Police in northern Ohio said sewing needles were found in pieces of candy handed out during trick-or-treating Saturday night.

Police in the city of Fostoria, Ohio said they were made aware of two pieces of candy, including a Kit Kat, that contained the needles and were given out to children, the department said in a statement Sunday.

"Although we only are aware of two pieces of candy being involved, we take this seriously and are appalled that anyone would be so demented as to want to hurt children in our community," Chief Keith Loreno wrote in the statement.

Photos posted to the department's Facebook showed a Kit Kat with a sewing needle sticking out of the package and going through the center of the candy bar.

Police said they did not know the exact street the candy was given out on. ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital planned to x-ray Halloween candy for sharp objects Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., the statement said.

Anyone who has any information about who may have distributed the candy is asked to call Fostoria police at (419) 435-8573.

Jeff Beckman, a spokesperson for the Hershey company, which makes Kit Kats in the U.S., wrote in a statement to Newsweek that it is "unfortunate when people choose to take the fun out of something so special to families as celebrating Halloween, a great American tradition."

"We are saddened that someone would try to injure children by tampering with candy with the apparent intention of hurting someone," he wrote. "We are happy that the tampering was discovered before anyone was injured. This is a good reminder for parents to check the candy their children bring home to be safe."

"Why....why would anyone do this? We've all heard of these types of things happening, but to actually have someone do this in our community is truly disturbing!" The police department said in a separate post.

Parents are advised to always inspect their children's candy before consumption, according to the Mayo Clinic. They should discard anything that is not properly sealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable. It is not recommended for children to snack on the candy while trick-or-treating.

Although instances of people tampering with Halloween candy remain extremely rare, there have been a few instances of needles being found in candy. In 2018, sewing needles were apparently found inside Twizzlers handed out in Marshfield, Massachusetts, according to ABC News.

In recent years, concerns have shifted away from just razor blades and needles. More parents are now concerned about drug-laced candy being distributed. But experts say there is little if any, cause for concern.

Joel Best, an expert who has spent decades researching the topic of trick-or-treaters being targeted by adults, told Newsweek last week that there has been virtually no evidence that children have been given drugged candy while trick-or-treating.

He said there is no evidence children have been seriously hurt or killed by any candy from trick-or-treating.

"I can't find any evidence that any child's been killed or seriously hurt by a contaminated treat picked up in the course of trick or treating," he said.

Fostoria is a city of just over 13,000 people in northwest Ohio, about 40 miles south of Toledo.

Newsweek reached out to the Fostoria Police Division for comment Monday morning but had not heard back by publication. This story will be updated with any response.

Update 11/1/21 2 PM ET - This story has been updated with a statement from the Hershey Company.

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Police in Ohio said some candy given out during trick-or-treating contained sewing needles. Above, candy is pictured in Walgreens in September 2013. Scott Olson/Getty Images