Chances are you have probably seen the e-mail alert that made the rounds this week–but it is alarming enough that we thought we’d pass it along for any of you who missed it. We got this from MomsRising.org–I did some initial sleuthing for hoax-iness, and it all checks out as legitimate. Scary Halloween stuff!
We want to give you a heads up about some Halloween candy that could be bad for kids: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to consume White Rabbit Creamy Candy or Koala’s March Creme Filled Cookies because they may contain melamine. And, the Canadian government is warning the public not to consume Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, which may also have reached the United States.
What’s wrong with these candies? You’ve likely heard about the dangerous chemical, melamine, which was recently found in the Chinese milk supply and sickened thousands of children in China. We’ve now seen reports that melamine tainted milk has been used in some Chinese candy products that have been shipped to the United States.
The good news is that Chinese candy makes up only 0.7 percent of the candy sold in the U.S. and the risk of serious harm from minor exposure to melamine is considered low by the World Health Organization. That said, we wanted to send this out to you because we don’t want our kids eating candy with any toxic ingredients.