by Sue Newall
Is that candy safe for me? This is an important question this time of year for most children but also for adults. Halloween treats show up at work, while visiting with friends, and even when you are in line at the bank.
In general, the CCA strongly recommends checking the ingredient list when you are trying to determine whether a food is safe, but this can be a very difficult time at Halloween. Treats are often in sold in large bags but distributed individually. The ingredient list appears on the bag, but not on the individual treats, making it hard to figure out if the product is safe. In addition, small-size treats often use a different recipe and are made at different facilities than their full-size counterparts. Just because the standard size of a chocolate bar is gluten free does not mean that the miniature size is also gluten free.
This web site researches the status of treats for both Canada and the United States each year: myglutenfacts.com/halloween/ca/. When you look at a list make sure 1) it contains information for 2014, and 2) it is information for CANADA.
Make sure you also check for updates – mistakes can happen. If you find a conflict between the list and the package you have in front of you, make your decision based on the package information.