Teal Pumpkin Project Promoting Allergy Safe Treats On Halloween

29 October, 2017, 03:51 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Teal Pumpkin Project Promoting Allergy Safe Treats On Halloween

From such a massive number, there's a high likelihood homeowners will meet trick-or-treaters with a food allergy knocking on their door.

That's why the Food Allergy Research & Education organization wants Halloween lovers to go teal in October. That's 1 out of every 13 kids who may not get to enjoy all the candy treats that this spooky holiday boasts.

According to Food Allergy Research and Education, one out of every thirteen children in the USA has at least one food allergy.

Let's look at it this way: A parent takes their child trick-or-treating and collects a plastic pumpkin full of candy. Food Allergy Research & Education's first Facebook post about the Teal Pumpkin Project past year, reached 2.7 million people in less than 72 hours, the organization reported.

Yes. The Teal Pumpkin Project asks participants to keep the experience safe by putting food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

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Many a times, Halloween can be really tough on children suffering from severe food allergies.

What does the teal pumpkin mean?

From coast to coast, teal pumpkins are making Halloween more fun and inclusive for millions of children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project®, an annual awareness campaign from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

Many sweets are not safe for kids with life-threatening food allergies.

The Knoxville Elks Lodge No. 160 chose to join the Teal Pumpkin Project at their trunk-or-treat this year.

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Homes with a teal pumpkin or a teal pumpkin sign out front are letting parents and neighbors know that they are offering non-food treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies. Cross-contamination is a concern, as many food allergies require only a small amount of the allergen to trigger a reaction.

The idea took off online a year ago, the first time it was promoted nationally.

Interestingly enough, this effort to protect children from life-threatening allergies could be the change needed to target other life-threatening health conditions affecting children today.

The first step is to buy a pumpkin, paint it teal and place it outside your home.

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