Once again, it’s Halloween.
And, once again, hospitals across the nation will engage in a costly and highly-misguided effort of X-raying candy under the pretense that by so doing, somehow it increases, or adds a level of safety or security for children.
Frankly, the whole idea is faulty to the core, and is based upon a long-standing urban myth.
Those of a certain age may recall the cry of “razor blade in apples” which was supposed to justify X-raying candy.
Then, there was the fear mongering tactic of “dirty needles in candy” to justify X-raying candy.
Now, who knows what else there will be?
Even the most casual observer could plainly see that a razor blade inserted into an apple leaves a very noticeable mark, or bruise upon the fruit. Even if the apple was candied, the bruise would be noticeable. A covering of caramel, however, might hide such a mark. But then again, how many caramel apples are given out at Halloween by the average household? I’d say the chances of that happening are 1.) Slim, and 2.) None.
Here’s more food for thought (pun intended).
Poisons are not radiopaque.
That is, they do NOT show up on X-ray.
Poisons can be injected into still-wrapped candy, which would go undetected by even the most cautious observer.
And yet, Law Enforcement Officers and hospitals nation-wide will, once again, embark upon a well-intended, but seriously misguided notion to X-ray candy for hundreds of thousands of parents.
Not only is that foolish, it is EXPENSIVE to the hospitals, and a waste of precious resources in these difficult fiscal times.
Interestingly, there are others who have had similar thoughts… even as far back as 1988.
Healthcare professionals, hospital administrators and their staff should embark upon a public/community education effort to teach the public that X-raying candy is useless, and a costly endeavor that cannot protect anyone from those whose intent is upon harming children, or others by poisoning candy.
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