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Paqui Urges Retailers to Pull its One Chip Challenge Product from Shelves

Sept. 8, 2023
Subsidiary of The Hershey Co. says it is acting out of an abundance of caution after the parents of a Massachusetts teenager blamed the ultra-spicy chips for his death.

The Hershey Co. subsidiary Paqui has urged retailers to stop selling its One Chip Challenge product and posted a statement on its Web site reiterating the warnings of the potential danger of the product for non-adults, all in response to the death investigation of a teenager in Massachusetts whose family said consuming the chip contributed to the 14-year-old’s death.

C-store chain 7-Eleven has already pulled the individually wrapped, single-chip product from its shelves, according to an NPR report.

The cause of Harris Wolobah’s Sept. 1 death has not been determined, but the parents of the Worcester, Mass., teen have blamed the extremely spicy product.

Paqui’s One Chip Challenge is a single chip, wrapped in a foil pouch enclosed in a cardboard box. The packaging warns that the product is intended for adults and should not be consumed by children.

On the homepage of its Web site, Paqui reiterated the dangers of consuming the product, adding, “We have seen an increase in teens and other individuals not heeding these warnings,” and that it would offer refunds on the single-serve One Chip Challenge product.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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