Hallowe’en can be an exciting time for kids but parents or caregivers are encouraged to follow some important food safety tips to ensure kids and adults stay safe.
Trick or Treating
- If candy treats are not commercially wrapped, or are found in torn, damaged or loose packages, throw them out!
- Wash your hands before opening and eating candy treats.
- Remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys from the loot bags of young children.
- Wash fresh fruit thoroughly and cut it open before allowing a child to eat it. Inspect for holes, including small punctures and cuts, and if any, do not let children or adults eat the fruit. When in doubt – throw it out!
- Avoid giving out treats that may contain ingredients like peanuts, milk and egg. These ingredients can cause severe reactions in individuals who have allergies or sensitivities. Parents or caregivers of children with food allergies should read labels carefully and avoid candies that do not have an ingredient list.
Wise advise for kids
- It’s wise to instruct kids not to eat any goodies or give any goodies to their friends until their parents see them first.