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Fox News: What is the 'One Chip Challenge'? Experts speak out after teen's death

By Gretchen Eichenberg

The family of a Massachusetts teen who died last week reportedly believes his death has something to do with his eating of a spicy chip as part of a challenge advertised on a snack company’s website. 

Now those chips have been removed from shelves "out of an abundance of caution," the company, Paqui LLC, said in a statement posted on its website. Teen Harris Wolobah's cause of death has not yet been revealed, Fox News Digital previously reported.

"Any time you're sort of testing the body to its maximum, bad things can happen," Bradford Holland, M.D., an otolaryngologist in Central Texas, told Fox News Digital. 

"They have formulated this (chip) to have extremely high doses of capsaicin, which can be a toxic substance to the body," he added. "Although most people can tolerate it, some people can’t."

Sarah Soden, director of the division of developmental and behavioral health at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri, agreed.

"Any time we are doing an activity that goes against our body’s own natural instinct to protect itself, we can get hurt," Soden told Fox News Digital. "Choking is a risk with an activity like this."


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