New York Lawmakers Want Tide To Make Its Laundry Pods Look Less Tempting
2:13 PM, Feb 12, 2018
5:21 PM, Feb 13, 2018
By now, you’ve likely heard of the Tide Pod Challenge. This so-called “challenge” involves people filming themselves eating Tide laundry detergent pods, all in the hopes of impressing online viewers.
Obviously, laundry detergent pods are not something anyone should be adding to their diet. They can burn your internal organs, harm your vision, cause skin rashes and, in extreme cases, can even kill you.
Since it seems the popular detergent pods are here to stay, some lawmakers are taking another angle at curbing their abuse—asking Tide to redesign them so they look less appetizing. According to the New York Daily News, lawmakers and consumer advocates in New York sent a letter to Procter & Gamble urging the company to redesign the packaging of Tide Pods to include clear warning labels, child-resistant wrappers and less appealing colors.
“Toxic substances like these laundry pods should not be packaged to look like candy or toys which lure children to put them in their mouths,” said Rep. Aravella Simotas.
It’s not just the disturbing Tide Pod Challenge that is driving the legislation, however. There are thousands of cases a year of children—and even the elderly—accidentally consuming the pods after apparently mistaking them for candy. In 2017 alone, U.S. poison control centers received reports of more than 10,500 children younger than 5 who were exposed to the capsules.
“Children and adults with cognitive impairments are at risk of death and serious injury from these items that are attractive to kids and can look like food,” said Russ Haven of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
While there’s no word yet on if the pods will, in fact, be redesigned, Procter & Gamble continues to stress the dangers of consuming the detergent, deflecting blame onto the people who are choosing to eat Tide Pods.
“Ensuring the safety of the people who use our products is fundamental to everything we do at P&G. However, even the most stringent standards and protocols, labels and warnings can’t prevent intentional abuse fueled by poor judgment and the desire for popularity,” Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor said in a press release.
The company also sent a cheeky tweet on Super Bowl Sunday that urged people not to eat the pods.
Only things that should be on today’s menu: nachos, wings and plenty of team spirit. Save your Tide PODS® for the stains later.
The company asks that everyone talk with the young people in their lives to let them know their life and health matter “more than clicks, views and likes.” If you or someone you know has eaten a laundry detergent pod, call the National Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Do you think Tide Pods should be redesigned? Or is the manufacturer not at all to blame for people eating them?
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