What You Need To Know About The Recent Candy Corn Recall

It may be one of the most controversial Halloween candies out there (Today reports you can blame nostalgia for fans' love of the sweet, waxy stuff, while Matador Network insists those adamantly against the festive treat are just snobs who enjoy arguing), but if you count yourself among those who adore candy corn and have already snagged your first bag of the season, you may want to take a second look at the packaging. According to a company announcement published by the FDA, Massachusetts candy company Arcade Snacks has had to recall containers of its candy corn after a labeling error left a potential allergen off the ingredient list.

The 15-ounce clear, plastic containers of candy corn were sold at multiple stores throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut with an expiration date of March 8, 2023 and a UPC number 018586001144.

The candy corn packaging does not include an allergy warning

As stated above, the Arcade Snacks candy corn was errantly sold in containers without an allergy warning. The containers also failed to include eggs — the offending allergen — on their ingredients list. According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), candy corn is usually made with egg whites, though not always; Naturally, this means the improperly labeled containers of Arcade Snacks candy corn pose a potential hazard to those with egg allergies who may mistakenly believe the Halloween candy uses a recipe without the allergen.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) notes that egg allergies impact about 2% of children. While the ACAAI explains that most kids outgrow the allergy by their teens, symptoms can include hives, nausea, and even potentially-fatal anaphylaxis.

The FDA is advising anyone who purchased the mislabeled Arcade Snacks candy corn containers to dispose of them or return them to the store they were purchased from for a full refund before potentially putting trick-or-treaters or Halloween party guests who may think the candy is egg-free in danger. 

So far no adverse reactions have been reported from the error.