FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN
TIPS FOR PARENTS ABOUT TREATS
- Children shouldn't snack while they're out trick-or-treating. They should
wait until they get home and parents have had a chance to inspect the goodies.
To help prevent children from munching, give them a snack or light meal before
they go--don't send them out on an empty stomach.
- Tell children not to accept--and, especially, not to eat--anything that
isn't commercially wrapped.
- When children bring their treats home, discard any home-made candy or baked
goods. Parents of young children should also remove any choking hazards such
as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
- Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an
unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.
Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
- If juice or cider is served to children at Halloween parties, make sure
it is pasteurized or otherwise treated to destroy harmful bacteria. Juice
or cider that has not been treated will say so on the label.
- In addition, FDA suggests consumers check the information posted on the
following page www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/melamine.html#warnings to see a listing
of products to avoid this Halloween season, due to possible contamination
with melamine. Also, inspect your child’s Halloween treats to make sure
there are no items that the FDA is advising consumers to avoid because of
possible melamine contamination. If you see any of those products, dispose
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