Sewing needle, staple, found in Halloween candy

Toronto police have issued a warning to parents after the discovery of a sewing needle and staple in Halloween candy.

This is at least the ninth and tenth cases of Halloween candy tampering in southern Ontario this year.

The sewing needle was just discovered on Monday evening. Police say a 14-year-old boy was the victim of a shell game in the Glenholme Avenue and Vaughan Road neighborhood.

He bit into a chocolate bar around 6 p.m. and discovered the needle. He was not injured.

The staple food was found by the parents of a nine-year-old girl.

She had been doing a sleight of hand near Kipling Avenue and Brookmere Road. Her parents found a chocolate bar with a slightly torn wrapper and when they opened the bar they found a staple embedded in the center.

The young girl was not injured.

Police are investigating eight more cases candy tampering, including incidents in the Niagara region and the Kawartha region.

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

Throw away candies that may pose a choking hazard to young children, or that may cause an allergic reaction, or that are unwrapped.

What to look for in your children’s Halloween candy:

  • Examine the box to see if it has been tampered with in any way. Signs include tiny pinholes, tears, or other damage to the box.
  • Check the box for any discoloration, indicating that it may have been opened once.
  • Throw away loose candy or confectionery that is unwrapped or homemade, unless you are sure of the origin of the product.
  • Check if there is anything that clearly does not belong, items that are different colors or larger or smaller than the rest of the treats inside the package.
  • Look for ingredients your child may be allergic to.
  • Check the expiration date. Some people keep last year’s stock that they didn’t distribute this time around.
  • If in doubt, throw it out.

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