Poisoned Halloween Candy an Urban Myth

From today’s Los Angeles Times:

Every year, parents and police departments worry about tricks in their kids’ Halloween treats: razor blades in apples, poison in candy bars.

But incidents of candy poisoning are very, very rare — if they exist at all.

“There have never been any substantiated cases of strangers tampering with Halloween candy,” said Susan Whiteside, in an email to Booster Shots Friday. Whiteside is a spokesperson for the National Confectioners Assn., which provides an FAQ on Halloween candy safety and coordinates with law enforcement to track reports of tainted treats.

Now if we could only do something about those zombies I’d heard about.