- Illuminate (a fancy word for light up) - Wear something that glows in the dark or carry a flashlight.
- Buddy System - Walk with a group of kids and a grown up. Use the buddy system and stay with a friend. If you don’t feel well, your buddy (or buddies) can get help. It is a good idea to walk with a grown up who has a cell phone.
- Read Labels - Be sure to have your parents read the labels on candy wrappers to check if it’s safe for you to eat.
- Always Carry Your Epipen - There are many types of Epipen carriers. Whichever you choose to wear, be sure to keep at least two Epipens with you at all times. It’s the only thing that can make you better when you have an anaphylactic reaction.
- Turn In - Give your bag of candies to your parents to check for safety. Be sure to wash your hands before you eat!
- Trade In - Swap your bag of candies in for safe ones.
- Do Good - Many local organizations and business will take your candy and ship them to soldiers serving in other countries so they can celebrate Halloween too! Visit www.HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com.
- Treat the Halloween Ghouls - Hang your bag of candy outside your door before going to bed on Halloween night. In the morning the bag will be gone and you will be left with a wickedly good treat! Maybe it’s the Halloween Witch or the Candy Goblin, but whomever it is took that bag of candy away for your safety!
In the United States, the FDA is responsible for regulating the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA). Food companies are required to label for the top 8 allergens; peanuts, tree nuts, egg, dairy, wheat, shellfish, fish and soy. However, how they label varies. It is not required by the FDA to label for cross contact (sometimes referred to as “cross contamination”). Additionally, if your food allergies are not part of the top 8, like sesame or corn, you will need to thoroughly read each label, contact the manufacturer to discuss possible cross contact or avoid the product all together. Sometimes the cross contact warnings are not near the ingredients list so be sure to review the entire package for any cross contact warnings and read the entire ingredient list.
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