Published: Thu, February 08, 2018

Lawmakers push for legislation to deter people from eating Tide Pods

Lawmakers push for legislation to deter people from eating Tide Pods

Two New York lawmakers have asked the state to mandate child-resistant packaging for the colorful Tide Pods detergent packets, and to switch to a less appealing design, amid the ridiculous-yet-dangerous trend of people eating them and encouraging or daring others to do the same.

"Bright colored detergent pods look like sweets, they look like toys", Assemblymember Aravella Simotas (D-Queens) said.

"Tide Pod challenge" is a social media-fueled trend in which teenagers eat single-load laundry detergent packets.

22, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported there had already been 86 calls regarding teens intentionally ingesting the detergent pods in 2018.

The two legislators say the pods are a risk to young children and adults with dementia who might mistake them for food. They say they worry about the attractiveness of the laundry pods, which are brightly colored green, blue and purple, and in some cases smell just like candy, but if ingested can cause severe internal burns and poisoning.

The legislation is a sensible measure to address the products' dangers, they said.

"You don't need them to look like gummy bears in order for consumers to use them", Holyman added. That's about the number of cases reported in all of 2016. Brad Hoylman, both New York City Democrats, wrote a letter Monday to Procter & Gamble, which owns the Tide brand, urging them to take their own steps to make the products safer.

"They key is that you just shouldn't eat it", he said.

This measure was met with opposition from Republican Assemblyman Joseph Errigo, who told A.P. that it's "not the manufacturers who are to blame when people make stupid decisions with their products".

Some legislators disagree with the legislation, saying the state should be focusing on other priorities.

Incidentally, Procter & Gamble announced Wednesday it would, which employs 280 people full time, in 2020.

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