Situation Food Allergy: The Chip Clip

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Situation Food Allergy: The Chip Clip

Your teen daughter’s best friend’s family really understands her food allergy. They make her food safe. They are constantly checking with you on ingredients. They even have a special “Maddie’s Shelf” in their food pantry that no one but Maddie can snack from.

You feel fortunate that your daughter has a such a supportive friend.

One day, Maddie was sharing with you a certain brand of potato chips that her friend’s family had bought for her.

“They’re safe and good, Mom,” Maddie said. “I even took a picture so you can pick up a bag at the grocery store.”

You look at the picture, and that’s when you see the clip on the top of the bag.

“What’s that blue thing on top?” you say.

“A chip clip,” she says with a shrug. “It keeps the bag from opening, I guess. It keeps everything fresh.”

You stare at the picture for a few seconds longer before finally asking, “Is that clip ever on anything unsafe?”


JJ Vulopas is a senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.