Teal Pumpkin Project Keeps Halloween Safe for Children with Food Allergies

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The idea behind the project is to make trick-or-treating safer for all kids.

Teal is the official color of food allergy awareness, according to Food Allergy Research & Education, a nonprofit dedicated to food allergy education, awareness, research and advocacy. Many popular Halloween sweets contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat - the most common allergens in both children and adults - and many miniature candy items do not have ingredient labels or allergen warnings, making it hard for parents to determine whether these treats are safe.

We know that the Teal Pumpkin Project is making a difference in so many lives and we are thrilled to grow this campaign on behalf of children who have food allergies, which are potentially life-threatening.

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

"I've been involved with this organization since I was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when I was four", she said. They hope by giving people the option to support the Teal Pumpkin Project it will help more kids have the chance to participate in Halloween.

A food allergy is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease; 15 million Americans now have some sort of food allergy, including one in 13 children.

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Meghan Winegrad has two children with food allergies. "It's clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously".

"Once we can shine a light on the fact that even though this is invisible and this child with allergies looks like every other child, to know that child is going home and dumping out their candy or giving it back-they're trading it for money or safe toys because they know they can't have anything", says Clowes.

Since its inception, the Teal Pumpkin Project has rocketed in popularity, with over 18,000 households from all 50 states participating in 2016, FARE said. Those who know what this non-traditionally colored pumpkin means will know that it is safe for their kids with allergies to trick-or-treat at that home.

"Those with food allergies will recognize teal pumpkins".

What makes Halloween easier for Norris is teal pumpkins.