Reminding Canadians of Food Safety This Halloween
October 25, 2011
For immediate release
OTTAWA - Halloween is a fun and exciting time for children. Health Canada would like to remind all Canadians of some important safety tips they can use to ensure that Halloween remains an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Parents or caregivers are encouraged to remind them not to accept - and especially not to eat - homemade candy or baked goods (provided by individuals they don't know). An adult should also always inspect the treats before children start snacking. A few tips to keep in mind:
Some Halloween treats may also contain ingredients that can cause severe adverse reactions in individuals who have allergies or sensitivities. These treats often include ingredients like peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg - some of the most common food allergens. Parents or caregivers of children with food allergies should exercise caution by reading labels carefully for all treats and by avoiding candies that do not have an ingredient list.
More information about Halloween Food Safety is available from:
The Government of Canada's Halloween Food Safety Tips
It's Your Health on Halloween Safety