A Santa Clara mother made an upsetting discovery in her recently purchased bag of Jolly Rancher Crunch ‘N Chew Candy. As she was eating the first few pieces, she pulled out a razor blade from the bag. The blade had been partially wrapped in white tape and has been described as a “shank”. A shank or a shiv is a concealed weapon used in prison to seriously injure or kill a person. Amy Hu, the woman who purchased the candy, was deeply disturbed about its presence in the bag.
Hu contacted both police and the Hershey Company. Hershey issued an official statement about this matter, “Food safety and the well-being of our customers is a top priority for The Hershey Company. We were contacted by the customer yesterday regarding this incident and immediately began reviewing our processes related to our JOLLY RANCHER CRUNCH ‘N CHEW Candy. We have apologized to the customer and, while there was no injury, we take this situation seriously. We believe this is an isolated case and accidental in nature. We will be taking the needed actions to prevent this happening in the future.”
Amy Hu also said that Hershey offered to pay for three replacement bags of the jolly rancher candy as compensation for Hu’s misfortune. Hu refused and is asking for Hershey to instead investigate and fix the cause of this problem.
The Jolly Rancher packaging is manufactured in Brazil and this is where Hershey believes the blade slipped into the bag. Amy Hu is mother to a one year-old and a one month-old daughters. She was grateful it was her who discovered the blade and not a child.
Hershey has not issued a recall on any products in light of this discovery.