Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Poison control warning parents about detergent pod "challenge"

Poison control warning parents about detergent pod Poison control warning parents about detergent pod "challenge"
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 08:24

According to the D.C. -based not for profit, biting into a pod can cause "serious injury or even death".

Meet the latest social media challenge becoming popular with teens who want to get more likes or clicks online - the laundry pod or "Tide Pod Challenge" - and doctors are warning about the potentially risky side effects. Two years ago, Consumer Reports stopped recommending the convenience laundry pods due to the danger of poisoning. Another website, CollegeHumor, has drawn more than 3 million YouTube viewers - and some current advertisers (unsurprisngly, not P&G) - to a "Don't Eat Tide Pods" video that, of course, shows a guy eating Tide Pods.

An alarming number of teens are uploading videos of themselves trying out this challenge, despite the fact that Tide and other laundry detergents are highly toxic are not mean to be consumed.

"I don't know why I'm doing it", Pagan said in the video.

In 2017, through December 31, poison centers received reports of 10,570 exposures to highly concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children 5 and younger. Healthy teens or adults who eat or even bite into the pods could also experience symptoms.

Laundry manufacturers had earlier been forced to make boxes for the pods so secure, amid warnings their bright colors could convince young children they are candy.

Memes have erupted all over social media. In some cases, the detergent could even migrate to the lungs, causing breathing problems. "No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?"

"A government watchdog is expressing concern over the risky misuse of a laundry detergent", CBS News reported on 12 January.

These incidents led Tide to redesign the packaging to keep the pods out of children's reach and also give instructions on how to use the product safely.

A Tide spokesperson told CBS News the pods were not meant to "be played with". "Safety is no laughing matter".