CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Creating a colorful pile of wrappers, the medical center technician upends a basket of Skittles, Hershey bars, Twizzlers and other candy onto the bed of an x-ray machine.
Suzanne Mailler is demonstrating a procedure that will be repeated scores of times on Monday evening at the Chesapeake, Va., medical clinic Patient First.
Across America, paranoid or justifiably cautious parents will bring in their children's trick-or-treat goodies for screening. Their fear is that the candy given to their children by strangers will be laced with glass, metal or other foreign objects.
Community relations manager Ian Slinkman said Patient First is offering the free service at 37 centers in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, providing "something fun for kids" and "a little bit of peace and mind" for parents.
3. There was a lot of publicity about razors in candy when my kids were little.
So I inspected every single piece of candy for holes or punctures in the wrapping before they were allowed to eat any of it. Any unwrapped candy was tossed.
In retrospect I think this was mostly media hysteria, but I would do the same today. I'm not sure why a trip to the hospital for x-rays is necessary, but it is probably good PR for the hospitals and pretty impressive to small children.
10. LOL, my kid is allergic to peanuts, so no candy until we've checked it.
Edited on Mon Oct-31-11 10:35 PM by gkhouston
Since we only hand out peanut-free candy and there's usually some left over, we swap any peanut candies she has with our stuff. I'm just waiting for the day she claims that some variety of candy she doesn't care for has peanuts in it, just to get a swap.
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