Rene Craighead said that her 17-year-old daughter, also named Rene, was eating around four bags a week of the spicy snacks when she started having stomach pains.
“She loves them. Every time I go out she says, ‘Bring me back some Hot Takis, bring me back some Hot Chips.’ And me, stupid, because I want to make her happy, so I brought them back,” the mom told WREG-TV. “She was eating big bags and would take them to school with her.”
The younger Rene ended up going to the hospital, and needed to have her gallbladder removed.
“When my daughter had this surgery I knew I had to tell everybody about it,” her mom said. “I was very surprised that my daughter was sick like that.”
“The gallbladder problems can run in the family, or the diet she was having. High fats, fried foods, that kind of diet can make your gallbladder irritated. And it’s not just fast food,” the doctor said. “And sometimes it just happens, it calcifies and gets a big old stone. Certain drinks can do that to your kidneys, like Cokes. A high amount of calcium can do it.”
In a statement to PEOPLE, Taki’s public relations firm, Buchanan, says to balance out Takis with other foods.
“We assure you that Takis are safe to eat, but should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet. Takis ingredients fully comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations and all of the ingredients in each flavor are listed in detail on the label. Always check the serving size before snacking.”
Frito-Lay, the makers of Cheetos, also shared a statement on the incident with PEOPLE.
“At Frito-Lay, we aim to delight our consumers and food safety is always our number one priority. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos meet all applicable food safety regulations, as well as our rigorous quality standards. That said, we realize some consumers may be more sensitive to spicy foods than others and may choose to moderate consumption or avoid spicier snacks due to personal preference.”