Halloween is less than a week away! Let the trick-or-treating commence! Speaking of trick-or-treating has anybody ever heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? This is a fairly new initiative led by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) in order to protect the health of children on Halloween who have severe food allergies. It proves challenging for families of children with severe food allergies to determine whether or not the candy their children are collecting is safe for one main reason: Often the candies, particularly the fun-size candies, do not have ingredient labels, which makes it almost impossible to determine the exact allergens that the product contains. This is where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes into play. Supporters of the initiative help to preserve the safety of all trick-or-treaters by: 1. Offering non-food items. 2. Designating their home as one that supports and abides by the Teal Pumpkin Project initiative by placing a pumpkin decorated with the color teal (signifying alertness and recognition of food allergies) and adorning a FARE sign which articulates the organization’s mission on their front door or patio (Frequently).
Are you familiar with the Teal Pumpkin Project? If this is the first time that you’ve heard of the project, what do you think about its mission?
I hope that you and your family enjoy a safe and happy Halloween!
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
“Frequently Asked Questions.” Food Allergy. Food Allergy Research and Education, Incorporated. 2015. Web. 25 Oct. 2015. <http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/FAQ#Q1>