About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
This Wednesday, June 1, 2016, photo shows Skittles, in New York. The Associated Press takes a look at how candy, cookie and soda makers are shaping nutrition science. Critics say industry-funded research is marketing masquerading as science, but the findings nevertheless become a part of the scientific literature. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A truckload of Skittles that spilled on a highway was going to be used as cattle feed


A Skittles spill in Wisconsin has authorities scratching their heads. That's because the truckload of discarded candy was on its way to be turned into cattle feed. 

The case began on Wednesday when the Dodge County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook saying, "hundreds of thousands of Skittles" were spilled on a rural highway. 

The sheriff's office joked that it may be difficult to "Taste the Rainbow" in this case because all the Skittle were red. 

Mars Inc., the company that produces Skittles, said a variety of food byproducts are used for animal feed. But in this case, the Skittles in question came from a factory in Yorkville, Illinois that doesn't sell its unused candy for animal feed. 

"We don't know how it ended up as it did and we are investigating," Mars said.

Mars Inc. spokeswoman Denise Young said the Skittle were supposed to be discarded because a power outage prevented the "S" from being stamped on the candy. 

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt wrote on Facebook that the Skittles spilled from a box that began to disintegrate in the rain. 

Schmidt said he has spoken to the farmer who had the truckload of Skittles but did not release the farmer's name. 

Linda Kurtz, a corporate environmental manager at Mars, said the company doesn't sell directly to farmers and follows the procedures laid out by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Typically, the Skittles plant in Waco, Texas melts the unusable candies down into syrup and sells it to a local processor. 

Josh Cribbs, a cattle nutritionist, said the product isn't used alone. It's usually mixed with other ingredients to meet nutritional standards. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark