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School bans Roulette Doritos after child 'has asthma attack after eating spicy crisp'

The crisps are coated in a super spicy chilli powder 20 times hotter than an jalapeno

Published 17/07/2015

The new Doritos Roulette crisps are not recommended for children
The new Doritos Roulette crisps are not recommended for children

A British school has banned Doritos which contain crisps flavoured with a chilli 10 times hotter than the average jalapeno after they allegedly caused a child to have an asthma attack.

Pupils at Scarborough’s George Pindar School are no longer permitted to eat Doritos Roulette crisps on the premises after teachers declared them a health and safety risk.

Schoolgirl Beth Laybourn, 14, claimed she feared she was "going to die" after eating them.

Beth, who is asthmatic, was playing a Russian roulette-style game with her younger brother and a friend, taking it in turns to eat a crisp.

She told the Sun: "At first it wasn't that hot. We carried on going round and I started sweating and a moment later I felt my throat burning.

"I started retching and ran to the toilet and was sick. I had four mugs of milk and my throat still wouldn't stop burning. I couldn't breathe properly and I really thought I was going to die.

"I kept thinking that if it leads to a full-blown asthma attack I could die."

She suffered a severe asthma attack at school a week later and staff sent out the warning.

In its July newsletter, under the heading "dangerous Doritos", the school said: "Parents and carers, please be aware that the new Doritos Roulette crisps are not recommended for children.

"The crisps contain extra hot chips and it has come to our attention that they can cause severe distress, particularly to those with sensitivities, allergies or breathing problems."

The packets of crisps contain normal Doritos but a handful are coated in a mixture containing a super spicy chilli powder 20 times hotter than a jalapeno.

The new product by Dorito was released in April.

A spokesperson from Doritos said: “We were sorry to hear about what happened.

"We do warn people to expect a seriously spicy experience with Doritos Roulette and we make this clear on the pack and in our adverts.

"The front of the pack states “Warning: Some of these chips are ultra spicy”, while we also say that Doritos Roulette are not recommended for young children”.

According to The Telegraph, a school spokesperson said: "In relation to the cautionary note in our newsletter with regard to the Doritos Roulettes it was placed in there after an incident with a student where they had experienced some difficulty breathing after eating one.

"The student had a pre-existing respiratory condition which clearly made them sensitive to the hot element of the Doritos chip."

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