The Teal Pumpkin Project is an initiative to make Halloween safer for our nation's children who are suffering from food allergies. Currently, 1 in every 13 children in our nation suffers from food allergies. The most common food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, eggs, milk, fish, and shellfish; however, food allergies are not just limited to this short list unfortunately. It can be very hard for kids to see their friends eating delicious candies when they cannot have them on a candy-filled holiday, and it is very stressful for parents to constantly check foods and candies to be sure that they are rid of allergens or sources of possible allergen contamination. For example, a candy may be considered peanut-free in the ingredients list, but it still may be created on a peanut-producing facility. Even though the candy is labeled, "Peanut-Free," this candy could still expose the child to the peanut allergy and produce an adverse reaction upon consumption.
Let's make this Halloween safer and more fun for our kids, and less stressful for our parents and caregivers of children with food allergies. We can leave the scaring to the ghosts, witches, and goblins this year :)
Learn more at Food Allergy Research and Education's website: