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Potato Chip Company Sued For Filling Bags With Excessive Air

You know that depressing feeling you get when you open up a plump bag of chips, only to find that a bunch of air has deceived you as to how many chips are exactly in the bag?

While that’s normal for many chip manufacturers, one company may be filling theirs with more air than everybody else. At least, that’s what this lawsuit alleges.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York federal court. Plaintiffs Sameline Alce and Desiré Nugent allege that the chip company Wise Foods Inc. only fills their bags one third of the way with chips, with the rest being air.

Alce and Nugent claim that other chip manufacturers don’t fill their bags with nearly as much air, and even use smaller bags to fill larger volumes than what Wise Foods uses.

Technically, air can be put into chip bags thanks to FDA regulations that allow for its usage to protect the product inside. However, it appears that Wise Chips is still mislabeling its bags compared to other products by having so much air inside.

The internet has taken notice of Wise Chips as well, taking to Twitter with pictures showcasing their complaints.

It’s obvious that this isn’t just a problem that two people noticed and decided to sue for. The internet isn’t happy with this, either.

If Alce and Nugent win, Wise Foods would have to repackage their chips with much less air and face charges of up to $1,500 per violation. Considering how many chips they make, that’s a lot of money they’d have to cash out if they lose.