When 13-year-old Samantha Hinton is unsure of the ingredients in a snack, she just doesn’t eat it.
That’s because Samantha is among the growing population of food allergy sufferers in the United States, and she fears a bite containing peanuts could kill her.
“I know it’s deadly,” she told ABC News. “And the side effects are just too scary.”
But a team of eighth-graders at her New Hampshire school created a smartphone app that could make navigating the cafeteria a whole lot easier. The Hampstead Academy students took home the grand prize at Verizon’s App Challenge with their idea for “Chow Checker,” an app that identifies food allergens.
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