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A Warning to Parents: Check Your Child’s Halloween Candy

What once may have seemed like a harmless tradition — running door to door on Halloween in a spooky costume, collecting candy from neighbors — has turned into anything but. Every year around this time, parents are reminded to do a thorough inspection of their children’s candy collection before allowing them to dig through the chocolates, gummies and other sweet treats they brought home. This year is no different. Pennsylvania police are urging adults to keep a close eye on Halloween candy that may be laced with drugs.

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The Johnstown Police Department in PA recently warned the public via a Facebook post after officers found “Nerds Rope edibles containing 400mg of THC” while completing a search warrant. The department wrote, “During this Halloween, we urge parents to be ever vigilant in checking their children's candy before allowing them to consume those treats. Drug laced edibles are packaged like regular candy and may be hard to distinguish from the real candy."

The candy manufacturer that produces nerds released a statement confirming that the product is counterfeit and is not associated with the company. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following tips for parents to ensure safe Halloween treats:

  • Snacking: Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. Urge them to wait until they get home and let you inspect their loot before they eat any of it.
  • Safe treats: Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
  • Food Allergies: If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow the child to eat any home-baked goods he or she may have received.
  • Choking hazards: If you have very young children, be sure to remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.