Fairfield health official advocates for food allergy awareness as trick-or-treaters head out

The town of Fairfield is gearing up for the arrival of ghouls, ghosts and goblins - and health officials are advocating for food allergy awareness when handing out candy.

News 12 Staff

Oct 27, 2022, 4:01 PM

Updated 636 days ago

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The town of Fairfield is gearing up for the arrival of ghouls, ghosts and goblins - and health officials are advocating for food allergy awareness when handing out candy.
Fairfield Health Director Sands Cleary says offering food alternative items to children with allergies promotes inclusion.
The nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education says 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. live with food allergies.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a national effort created by the FARE to promote inclusion of children who suffer from food allergies.
Placing a teal-colored pumpkin outside a home on Halloween lets families know your home is food allergy-friendly.
"By providing things like small toys, or stickers, or games for those kids who have food allergies," Cleary says.
Those interested in participating in the national program can add their home to a map by heading to foodallergy.org.


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