The passing of a teen linked to a "One Chip Challenge" prompts retailers to withdraw the product
The tragic teen death of a Massachusetts teenager, Harris Wolobah, has triggered a wave of concern and calls for action surrounding the unsafe spicy "One Chip Challenge" trend on social media. In response to mounting apprehension, retailers have taken the unprecedented step of pulling the product from their shelves at the request of the chip's manufacturer.
A grieving family awaits answers
Harris Wolobah's family is grieving the loss of the 10th-grade student, who passed away on September 1, allegedly due to his participation in the "One Chip Challenge." The challenge involves eating a chip so fiery that it tests participants' endurance as they refrain from consuming any other drink or food. While the family has linked the challenge to Harris's death, they have refrained from providing interviews as they await the results of an autopsy to determine the cause.
On September 1, authorities received a distress call from the Wolobah residence, reporting that Harris was not breathing and was unresponsive. He was subsequently transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The state medical examiner's office anticipates it will take several weeks to determine the exact cause of his death. In light of these developments, the chip's manufacturer, Paqui, has taken the proactive step of requesting retailers to cease selling the product.
Concerns and consequences of the "One Chip Challenge"
The "One Chip Challenge" has raised considerable alarm across the nation. Despite packaging warnings indicating that the chip is intended for adult consumption and should be kept away from children, reports have surfaced of youngsters buying and consuming it.
A recent incident involving a 10-year-old girl in Florida who brought the chip to school resulted in her suspension. Additionally, six children at Forest Park Elementary School required medical attention after coming into contact with the chip. This has ignited a debate over the responsibility of retailers in selling such products to minors.
The trend has also led to reports of teenagers and adults experiencing adverse reactions, such as stomach cramps and diarrhea, after taking on the challenge.
As of now, major retailers like Walgreens and 7-Eleven have removed the product from their shelves, and Amazon has halted sales while notifying recent buyers of the product's removal. eBay has also taken steps to block listings related to the "One Chip Challenge."
The tragic loss of Harris Wolobah has emphasized the dangers associated with such challenges, raising questions about their safety, suitability, and regulation. It has become a gloomy reminder of the consequences that can arise from social media-driven dares.
While the teen’s family awaits autopsy results, stay tuned to Calle Ocho News to get the updates and developments on this story and others impacting Miami.