Many people were sickened by candy at a quinceanera on Saturday night in the Mission. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

Many people were sickened by candy at a quinceanera on Saturday night in the Mission. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

Three children in intensive care unit as 19 people fall ill at quinceanera

Gummy candy containing an unknown substance may be to blame for the hospitalization of 19 people, including three children in intensive care.

Fourteen patients were transported to city hospitals following the quinceanera party at the Women’s Building on 18th Street on Saturday, said San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter.

Two additional adults transported themselves, and three other patients were transported from other locations following the party, he said.

One of the children being treated is a 9-year-old boy, Baxter said.

“We are interviewing people who were sickened to learn more about what happened,” wrote Department of Public Health spokesperson Rachael Kagan, in a text message to the San Francisco Examiner.

Kagan said five of the patients were treated and released Saturday night from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

The health department is testing food consumed at the party to determine what made people sick, she wrote. After the culprit is determined, Baxter said, agencies will deliver a public safety message.

Preliminarily, the common thread among all the patients is that they had eaten gummy candy left out at the party. The candy did not have any labels or markings that investigators could use to trace where it came from, Baxter said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.Bay Area NewsMission districtpoisoningSan Francisco Fire DepartmentSFFD

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

High school seniors Shayla and Kayla Bryant receive guidance from 100% College Prep around college admissions. (Courtesy photo)
High school seniors juggling college applications and distance learning

In a final year of high school spent largely online, seniors are… Continue reading

Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors to weigh $330,000 settlement with Lyft over bikeshare dispute

If approved, deal would resolve an 18-month long legal battle over San Francisco’s e-bike market

The J Church train could begin running again later this month on at least part of its surface route. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
First Muni trains will return to service Dec. 19

Three additional bus routes coming back online in January

Stanford defensive end Thomas Booker recently was one of Pac-12’s Football Players of the Week. <ins>(Pac-12 Screenshot)</ins>
College Football Preview: Oregon at Cal, Stanford at Washington

Cal plays final home game, Stanford plays second of three road games to end regular season

Most Read