TORONTO, ON – October 24, 2016 – Food Allergy Canada and Toronto Argonaut Thomas Miles are once again bringing the Teal Pumpkin Project® to Canada. Launched in 2014 by the U.S. organization Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Teal Pumpkin Project® promotes safety, inclusion, and respect of individuals managing food allergies. Food Allergy Canada is supporting this initiative by providing Canadian families with resources and information that they can use to participate.
“We are pleased to be participating in this initiative again this year and very excited to see the positive response we have received from Canadian families,” said Beatrice Povolo, Director Advocacy and Media for Food Allergy Canada. “Children with food allergies should be able to take part in trick-or-treating. By participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project®, Canadians are helping all kids have a fun and safe evening.”
Food allergy is the leading cause of potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reactions among children, and has become a growing public health concern in Canada. There is no way of predicting how severe an allergic reaction may be, and to date there is no known cure for food allergy, making avoidance of allergens the only means of staying safe.
Through this international initiative, families are encouraged to place a teal pumpkin in front of their home to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies and other kids for whom candy is not an option. Its aim is to create a safer and happier Halloween for all.
Food Allergy Canada has Teal Pumpkin Project® posters in both English and French available for free download at foodallergycanada.ca. The organization also provides a number of tips for parents of children with food allergies, many of which are applicable to all families participating in Halloween, including:
- Make sure an adult is with younger children at all times
- Remind children of the no-eating rule while they are out trick-or-treating
- Serve a hearty dinner to lessen the temptation of snacking while out
- Have kids carry their auto-injector (EpiPen®) with them and wear MedicAlert® Identification
- Get your kids to wash their hands as soon as they get home
- Check all treats at home
- Have the kids read all ingredient labels, with adult supervision, to check for their
- Remember- no label, no candy!
- Sort the treats into three piles- keep, give away (your work, local food bank, seniors homes) or throw out
- Consider planning a “switch witch” or a “great pumpkin”, where kids leave their treats overnight and parents exchange them for a new toy. Make a date to go to the store so your child can pick out what they would like
“Playing for the double-blue, I am a big fan of the Teal Pumpkin Project®,” said Thomas Miles, a member of the Toronto Argonauts and a Food Allergy Canada national spokesperson. “As someone who grew up with food allergies, I appreciate that some kids – and their parents – may be apprehensive about Halloween. But by following a few simple rules all kids can have a fun and safe time trick or treating.”
The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT® and the Teal Pumpkin Project® logo are registered trademarks of Food Allergy Research Education. Used with permission. Food Allergy Research & Education, 2016
About Food Allergy Canada
Food Allergy Canada is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians with food allergies and those who care for them. The organization is committed to creating a safer world for people with potentially life-threatening allergies through education, advocacy, and research. The organization’s approach to reducing the risk of allergic reactions in both children and adults is focused on self-management, community engagement, understanding, and respect. For more information, please visit foodallergycanada.ca.
For more information please contact:
Empower Consulting, for Food Allergy Canada