Health experts are recommending people avoid eating Halloween food in light of an uptick in food poisoning cases, according to a new survey.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority said it conducted a survey of more than 3,000 people between Nov. 22 and Dec. 14 to determine the number of food-borne illnesses linked to Halloween candy, which is commonly eaten by children and adults.
The agency said most of the reported cases occurred in England and Wales, and there have been about a dozen deaths linked to the outbreak.
The survey found that, while more than 2,000 cases of food poisoning have been reported, it was unclear if there was a link between the number and the number reported in the UK.
It was also unclear if the outbreaks have been linked to a specific Halloween food item or other food-related issues, such as poor hygiene or unsafe storage.
People can also be vulnerable to food poisoning when they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Dr. Paul Taylor, the FSSA’s lead author, said: “Food poisoning can be a severe, life-threatening illness and it is not something you can prevent.
It can occur when people are under stress, when they have been drinking or while under the effect of drugs.”
There is no easy answer to this.
But if we can do something to reduce the number, that is a big part of the answer.
“People should not consume food that contains ingredients that have been known to cause food poisoning, Taylor said.