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Hot Cheetos under fire after teen needs gallbladder removal

(USA TODAY) — A teen regularly ate bags of snacks such as Hot Cheetos and Takis before stomach pains led to a surgery removing her gallbladder. Now her mom wants such snacks put on notice.

That’s according to Memphis, Tennessee’s WREG-TV, which spoke to Rene Craighead about her daughter’s four-bag-a-week habit involving the ultra-spicy, finger-staining, banned-by-schools snacks. And while spicy snacks aren’t tied to gallbladder problems, doctors have blamed the controversial junk foods for kids’ stomach issues.

“She loves them,” Rene Craighead said of her daughter, also named Rene. In a report published Thursday, the mother told the station in a report last week that her child “was eating big bags and would take them to school with her.”