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FDA Home Page | Search FDA Site | FDA A -Z Index | Contact FDA CSPI Warns Consumers About Frito- Lay “Light”
Chips with Olestra
“WOW!” Chips Have New Name, But Same Old Side Effects, Says
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today warned
consumers that Frito- Lay’s “Light” snack chips are fried in the infamous,
diarrhea- inducing fake fat known as olestra . Formerly known as WOW!
chips, the rebranded products are now called Lays’s Light, Ruffles Light,
Doritos Light, and Tostitos Light. CSPI says the move increases the odds
that unwitting consumers will experience the cramps, diarrhea, bleeding,
stained underwear, or incontinence associated with olestra.
Today CSPI sent nearly 300 individual reports of olestra - related adverse
reactions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA had
already received more than 20,000 such reports—more than for any
other food additive in history. Most of the reports involve diarrhea, gas,
and cramps. Several of the recent victims sought emergency - room
treatment, including a 33 - year - old Georgia woman who experienced
severe cramping and diarrhea after eating olestra - containing Ruffles
chips. Several victims reported embarrassing episodes of fecal
incontinence in the workplace; one 19 - year - old man became incontinent
on a date.
“If you’re going to buy Lay’s Light, Ruffles Light, or Doritos Light, you also
might want to stock up on Cottonelle, Quilted Northern, or Charmin—and
plan not to stray too far from the bathroom,” CSPI executive director
Michael F. Jacobson said. “Frito - Lay should have rebranded these chips
as ‘OW!’ chips. This sudden name change is just a desperate attempt to
revive a dying brand. Frito- Lay should have just pulled the plug
One 25 - year - old woman from South Bend, Ind., recently ate some
Ruffles Light Cheddar & Sour Cream potato chips and reported severe
diarrhea, gas, and nausea. “I did not notice until after reading the
ingredients and having severe intes...
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