In the run up to Halloween, Halloween candy makers are reminding consumers that their Halloween candy will not contain arsenic or mercury, but it will contain the chemical arsenic, according to a new report by Consumers Union.
The warning comes from a study by the Food and Drug Administration that has been widely reported in the media.
Consumers Union analyzed consumer complaints that came from retailers and food outlets in the United States.
They found that nearly half of the complaints about Halloween candy included a claim that the candy contained arsenic or methylmercury.
“While the FDA says that the arsenic content of Halloween candy is 0.3 parts per billion, Consumer Reports reports that Halloween candy contains a whopping 4.5 parts per million,” Consumer Reports writes.
“In a consumer survey, two consumers described their Halloween experience as ‘totally horrible.'”
Consumer Reports reported that most of the reports came from people who purchased Halloween candy from multiple retailers, with one respondent saying she bought from the store the day after her birthday.
In addition to the arsenic warnings, Halloween shoppers who bought Halloween candy on or after Oct. 31 were asked whether they planned to consume any of the Halloween candy in their home or whether they were worried about drinking contaminated water.
Consumers complained that the Halloween holiday didn’t seem to be a particularly healthy time for Halloween candy, and some even reported that they weren’t sure whether Halloween candy was safe for their children to eat.
Some Halloween candy companies are also offering free Halloween candy for a year to consumers who buy Halloween candy during the holiday.
However, the free Halloween Candy campaign was halted earlier this month, Consumer reports reports.
Consumers say that the FDA is taking a hard look at the industry and should consider banning Halloween candy altogether.