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Manufacturer of the “One Chip Challenge” removes product from shelves

September 8, 2023 – The maker of a particularly spicy tortilla chip marketed because the “One Chip Challenge” is pulling the product from shelves after a Massachusetts woman said her 14-year-old son died after eating certainly one of the chips.

Harris Wolobah of Worcester, MA, ate the chip on Sept. 1 at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, complained to a faculty nurse of stomach pains and was sent home, said his mother, Lois Wolobah. NBC BostonHe became unconscious at home and was pronounced dead later that day on the hospital, she said. An autopsy has not yet determined the reason for death.

The One Chip Challenge is conducted using the Carolina Reaper and the Naga Viper, two of the most well liked chili peppers on the earth. The label on the coffin-shaped box challenges customers to eat the chip, wait so long as possible without drinking or eating anything, and record their reactions on social media.

In a press release on Company website, Paqui said the product label states the chip just isn’t for youngsters or anyone sensitive to spicy food or who has food allergies, is pregnant or has health issues. The company is “actively working with our retailers” and “offering refunds on our single-serving chip challenge product.”

“Although the Paqui One Chip Challenge is intended for adults only, we have seen an increase in youth use of the product,” an organization spokesperson said. “We care about all of our consumers and have made the decision to remove the product from shelves.”

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said on Xformerly often called Twitter, that there are reports from across the country of teenagers being hospitalized due to One Chip Challenge.

“As the investigation into the cause of death of the Worcester teenager continues, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office would like to remind parents to learn about the One Chip Challenge and talk to their children about it,” he said.