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Two children bite into razor blades in Halloween candy

CityNews | posted Monday, Nov 2nd, 2015

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Two children in the Niagara Region had a big scare on Halloween: they both found razor blades inside their candy.

In one incident reported on Sunday in Thorold, Niagara police say the child bit into something hard inside his Kit Kat bar. He immediately stopped chewing and took the candy out of his mouth.

Luckily, the blade never made contact with his mouth and he wasn’t hurt. He told his parents, who called police on Sunday.

Police say the item looked like a blade from a disposable shaving razor.

The packaging of the candy bar may have been tampered with, police say.

And in another case, which reported on Monday, police say a razor blade found within an O’Henry bar. The child had gone trick or treating in the St. Catharines area.

The child bit down on the chocolate bar, and after removing it from their mouth found the blade inside the candy. No injuries were reported.

Police are reminding parents and guardians to check Halloween candy, looking for any kind of tampering.

Throw away candy that may be a choking hazard for small children, or may cause an allergic reaction, or that is unwrapped.

What to look for in your kids’ Halloween candy:

  • Examine the box to see if it’s been tampered with in any way. Signs include tiny pinholes, tears or other damage on the box.
  • Check for discolouration on the box, indicating it may have once been opened.
  • Discard loose candy or any confections that aren’t wrapped or are home made, unless you’re certain of the origins of the product.
  • Check to see if there’s anything that obviously doesn’t belong, items that are different colours or larger or smaller than the rest of the treats inside the package.
  • Look for ingredients that your child may be allergic to.
  • Check the expiry date. Some people keep last year’s stock that they didn’t give out this time around.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

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