Teal pump­kin lights the way for kids with food al­ler­gies

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Hal­loween can be a lit­tle too scary for trick-or-treaters with food al­ler­gies. So a not-for-profit is telling af­fected kids to look for the teal pump­kin.

The Teal Pump­kin Project asks home­own­ers to also of­fer non-food treats so that trick-or-treaters with al­ler­gies don’t have to risk a re­ac­tion. Par­tic­i­pants can iden­tify their home as safe for chil­dren with al­ler­gies by plac­ing a teal-col­ored pump­kin or a free print­able sign out­side their home. They can also add their ad­dress to a crowd­sourced map on the web­site of Food Al­lergy Re­search & Ed­u­ca­tion (FARE), the McLean, Va.-based group that or­ga­nizes the Hal­loween project.

FARE is spear­head­ing the cam­paign for the sec­ond year. Hal­loween night can be a par­tic­u­larly risky time for chil­dren with food al­ler­gies be­cause many homes hand out minia­ture or “fun-size” ver­sions of candy that may con­tain dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents than their full-size ver­sions or may not have la­bels, FARE said.

Roughly 1 in 13 chil­dren has a food al­lergy, ac­cord­ing to FARE. The color teal has been used to raise food al­lergy aware­ness for the past 20 years.

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