Or, in the spirit of Food Factor, give each food item out with a label indicating the ways it's commonly contaminated or what it's commonly contaminated with ;->

Canteloupe-theme?  listeria!
Pork?  trichonosis!  Or melamine?  (http://www.northcountrygazette.org/articles/2007/042407ContaminationSpreads.html)
Chicken?  salmonella!
Wrapped candies/snack items?  bits of plastic & metal from the packing plant!

Arielle in NoVA

On Oct 5, 2011, at 12:50 PM, Phil Smith III wrote:

> Yeah, taking out the competition due to anaphylactic shock is NOT Gracious Professionalism!
> OTOH, these arenít tiny kids, and thereís usually food for sale that also isnít going to be vetted that carefully, so Iím not convinced this is a reason to not take stuff.
> Perhaps in the spirit of Food Factor, clearly label things with ingredients.
> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Lusco
> Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 11:12 AM
> Another reason to avoid food in giveaways is that a fair percentage of participants have food allergies. Between nuts, peanuts, milk and wheat/gluten (4 of the most common allergies) you take out a lot of available food giveaways. Probably the only thing generally safe is pure sugars.

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