Halloween Food Safety Tips

Even though it’s not officially here yet here are some Halloween preparation tips. To make sure treats are safe for children, follow these simple steps. Snacking: Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. Urge them to wait until they get home and let you inspect their loot before they eat any of it. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny holes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious. Food Allergies: If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow the child to eat any home-baked goods he or she may have received. If you’re having a Halloween beverage to celebrate beware of spooky cider! Unpasteurized juice or cider can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. To stay safe, always serve pasteurized products at your parties. And no matter how tempting, don’t taste raw cookie dough or cake batter that contain uncooked eggs….Ed
Source: U.S. Food and Drug / Photo: San Diego Family Magazine

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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