Table set with Halloween party food

Halloween Food Safety Tips

There is a lot of food and candy dished out when trick-or-treating, going to a Halloween party, or simply leftovers you couldn’t give out to anyone else. Parents want to make sure that the food and candy they are giving to their kids are not going to harm them in anyway. With a little consideration and a watchful eye, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Trick-or-Treating Food Safety

Kids will have been waiting a long time for the night they can finally go trick-or-treating and parents won’t want to ruin it for them. However, it is very important that you know what your kids are eating.

  • Give your kids dinner or a light snack before going trick-or-treating so they don’t go out with an empty stomach.
  • Don’t let kids snack on candy they have received while trick-or-treating.
  • Don’t accept, and especially don’t eat, candy that is not commercially wrapped.
  • Remove choking hazards for young children, such as gum, hard candies, small toys, and peanuts.
  • Individually inspect candies to see if the wrapping has been tampered with. Candies with discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears should be thrown away.

Halloween Party Food Safety

There is bound to be lots of delicious and spooky themed food at a Halloween party. Just like any other party, it is important to only eat food that has been properly prepared and safe to eat.

  • Don’t taste raw cake batter or cookie dough.
  • Make sure juice and cider is pasteurized so harmful bacteria has been removed. If it has not been treated, the label will tell you.
  • Thoroughly rinse bobbing apples under cool running water and use a produce brush to remove surface dirt. This will decrease the amount of bacteria that will be present when bobbing for apples.
  • Keep perishable foods chilled until serving time, including fruit or tossed salads, finger sandwiches, cheese platters, cold pasta dishes, meat, poultry, seafood, cream pies, or cakes with cream-cheese frosting or whipped cream.
  • Don’t leave food at room temperature for more than two hours.

 

Resources:

http://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm187021.htm

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