Warning as dangerous ‘shell on’ challenge sweeps Snapchat

TEENS are challenging one another to eat food with the packaging still on as part of a new social media challenge.

The seemingly pointless ‘game’ has sparked fears among doctors and parents after videos of children eating plastic have emerged.

Here’s what we know so far.

Kids have been filming themselves eating food with the ‘shells’ on and posting the ‘hilarious’ videos on Snapchat.

Worryingly, as well as scoffing fruit like bananas with the peel still on, teens have been eating food still in the plastic and cardboard packaging.

Obviously, this fad isn’t as bad as the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ which saw people eating laundry detergent pods, but doctors are still concerned over the consumption of plastic.

Chicago-area physician Max Plitt told New York Post: “Organic material like fruit peels are typically not dangerous. Zest is often used in recipes (lemon zest) which is the shavings of the rind.

“Eating plastic, on the other hand, can be dangerous. BPA has been suggested to influence hormones. Chemicals in PVC like vinyl chloride have been linked to cancers.”

A recent video posted to Snapchat shows Liam Hamm, a sophomore at McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona, biting through a plastic bag filled with carrots.

Ya’ll eat your lunch with or without the shell,” reads a caption along with the video of Hamm tearing through plastic packaging with his teeth.

Hamm told the Arizona Republic he’s seen scores of other teens posting “shell on” videos on Snapchat, including one in which a teen bites into a lemon and accidentally shoots lemon juice into their eye.

“It just looks funny because it’s not really a shell, but people are calling things shells. I guess that is what’s funny about it,” Hamm said.