Halloween treats are a big part of the holiday fun, whether they come from trick-or-treating door-to-door or are part of a Halloween party. Keep your loved ones safe by observing these safety tips for Halloween candy and treats, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Inspect candy first before eating it. Since children often want to “snack” from their trick-or-treat bags while they’re collecting candy, give them a snack before they hit the sidewalks and remind them not to eat anything they’re given until you have inspected it first. Look for any signs of tampering, like discoloration, pinholes, or loosened or torn wrappers. If you suspect it isn’t safe, throw it away!
- Politely refuse any treats that aren’t commercially wrapped, unless they are made by someone you know personally and trust. Homemade caramel apples and popcorn balls are fun, but your health and safety come first.
- Prepare in-home treats by choosing pasteurized apple cider and juices. Most packages should state whether the contents is pasteurized. If your guests will be bobbing for apples, clean apples first by running them under cold water, or brushing them with a vegetable brush to take off any surface dirt. Serve hot foods above 140 degrees Fahrenheit and cold foods below 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent food-borne illness.
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