The decision comes six days after the death of14-year-old Harris Wolobahof Worcester, Massachusetts. Wolobah died hours after taking the challenge. The family is waiting for a cause of death from the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office pending an autopsy. The results are not expected for several weeks.
Paqui issued a statement on its website:
The company is offering refunds for the product. Customers can call 1-866-528-6848 to get their money back.
Harris’ mother Lois Wolobah told CBS Boston station WBZ-TV she picked him up from Doherty High School in Worcester Friday after a call from the nurse’s office saying he had fainted after eating the chip a friend gave him.
The challenge comes in a box with a single wrapped chip, labeled “Carolina Reaper” and “Naga Viper Pepper.” His mother says he later passed out again at home, went to the emergency room, and died.
“No pre-existing condition,” Amos Wolobah, Harris’ father, said on Tuesday. “Not to my knowledge.”
The Wolobah family had been begging for the chips to be taken off store shelves. They declined comment following the company’s decision.