School bans Doritos Roulette after they caused a pupil to stop breathing

The latest flavour of Doritos Roulette crisps which have been banned at George Pindar school in Scarborough (Ross    Parry / SWNS)
The latest flavour of Doritos Roulette crisps which have been banned at George Pindar school in Scarborough (Ross Parry / SWNS)

A school has become the first to ban a new variety of Doritos billed as Britain’s hottest CRISP – after they caused one pupil to stop BREATHING.

Teachers at George Pindar School said super spicy Doritos Roulette – 10 times  hotter than a jalapeno – are a health and safety risk.

The secondary school sent a letter to parents in Scarborough warning them the snack can cause “severe distress” and advised kids to steer clear.

Each bag of the new crisps contains multiple cooler varieties – but also a handful of crisps coated in an invisible chilli powder .

The fiery flavour has already been outlawed in the United States and Doritos boast on its website the snack will “leave you close to tears”.

One parent said: “You don’t want to be putting something in your children’s packed lunches that’s going to leave them unwell.

“It’s good the school are doing something about it.”

The warning in the school’s newsletter came after one pupil was taken ill after tucking into a bag when it agitated a pre-existing medical condition.

George Pindar school in Scarborough (Ross Parry / SWNS)
George Pindar school in Scarborough (Ross Parry / SWNS)

A school spokesperson said: “In relation to the cautionary note in our newsletter with regard to the Dorito 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 preexisting respiratory condition which clearly made them sensitive to the ‘hot’ element of the Doritos chip.”

The crisps were launched in April and one in every handful is coated with a fiery flavouring which measures 78,000 units on the Scoville Heat Scale – a Scotch Bonnet pepper rates between 100,000 to 350,000.
The other crisps in the packet are a much cooler tangy cheese flavour, making each bag like a game of Russian roulette for your tastebuds.

When they were launched Doritos marketing manager Michael Walford said: “There’s a warning on the pack for a reason – the invisible hot chips are exactly that.

“They’re hotter than most of the spiciest dishes out there so you’re going to want to have a glass of milk at the ready in case you get one!”

A Doritos spokesperson later 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”.


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