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Sewing needles found in trick-or-treaters’ Halloween candy

Posted at 11:11 PM, Nov 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-01 23:11:10-05

CHESTER COUNTY, Penn. – Police said someone put sewing needles in some candy given to trick-or-treaters on Halloween in Pennsylvania.

WPVI reported that police in Kennett Square are investigating reports of sewing-type needles found in five Twix bars.

The candy was given to four different children from all different households who were trick-or-treating during Halloween, according to police.

The man reporting the incident said he found the needles as he was checking the candy. He said he saw a Facebook post from somebody describing needles in their Snickers candy.

Also, police said a 12-year-old boy turned in a Snickers bar with needles in it on Sunday. The boy said he had been trick-or treating in the same area.

It is unclear who put the needles there: possibly someone in the neighborhood or someone in food distribution.

That story is of course a reminder to make sure you check what your children are eating. The FDA has some tips to keep your kids safe:

  • Always inspect wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.
  • Toss out anything that looks suspicious.
  • Parents of very young children should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys.
  • If your child has a food allergy, check the label to make sure it is ok.
  • Don’t allow your child to eat any homemade baked goods he or she may have received.