Monday, 10 December, 2018

Lawmakers want legislation to deter people from eating laundry detergent pods

Bottles of Tide laundry detergent at a store in New Orleans Oct. 6 2017 Bottles of Tide laundry detergent at a store in New Orleans Oct. 6 2017
Melinda Barton | 08 February, 2018, 08:38

Brad Hoylman proposed a bill calling for manufacturers to make the laundry pods look less edible.

During January of this year, there were at least 86 reported cases of teenagers purposefully eating these tide pods. Legislators said that this is due to their color and packaging.

The bill wants to require laundry companies to make the pods all one color with non-see through packaging and warning labels on each pod.

"Pods also continue to be especially risky to adults with dementia, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, with at least 6 deaths being attributed to them since 2012".

In a video uploaded to their official YouTube channel, Tide shows just how easy it can be to keep the pods away from your children. They are also requesting that the pods should be made harder to bite though as well as packed in individual plastic wrappers with warnings on them.

This has resulted in some supermarkets being forced to lock up their detergents behind glass doors to prevent people from opening them and eating them in the store, but if lawmakers have their way, hopefully these challenges will soon die.

"When my daughter was a toddler I was doing my laundry", Simotas said.

Two New York lawmakers have asked their state to force companies change the way they package and present laundry detergent pods as concerns over the "Tide Pods challenge" continue.

The Associated Press reports Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, said Tide Pods are "squishy, they smell sweet and they look like gummy bears".

But not all legislators are on board.

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec said he thinks the state should be focusing on other priorities.

"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. "I mean brown, red, green, whatever the case might be".