Updated 10/31/2012 05:42 PM
X-raying Halloween candy for safety
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BIG FLATS, N.Y. -- A Twin Tier urgent care center is keeping kids safe during Halloween. Employees are x-raying bags of candy after trick-or-treating.
The Five Star Urgent Care Center in Big Flats will be looking closely at candy Wednesday night and Thursday. Workers say they look for sharp objects such as razor blades, nails or pins that could be stuck in candy.
Health officials say the idea has been used in Buffalo. There has been great response from younger children. But as kids get older, parents should continue to keep a close eye on the candy.
"I think it's the older kids you have to worry about more because they don't let the parents, or the parents don't examine the bag of candy prior to them eating any of it or getting into it," said Jenilee Foster physician assistant at Five Star Urgent Care.
Health officials say the x-rays don't hurt the treats. The candy is safe to eat because it's a very low dose of radiation that scans the candy.