Two New York state lawmakers are calling for a state law to require new packaging for laundry detergent pods following the unsafe trend of people eating the toxic items.
At least two SC teens have eaten laundry detergent pods over the past month, according to a January 29 article in The State.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, well over 10,000 cases of young children ingesting detergent packets - from "Tide Pod challenge" entrants to small kids - were reported in 2017.
These detergent pods are potentially very unsafe and the packaging they come in encourages those who don't know any better to consume them.
The pair announced the news at a press conference earlier today, with Hoylman noting, "We're asking for all laundry detergent pods to be uniform in color".
"They are so alluring", said Hoylman. "The recent "Tide Pod Challenge" has created a new category of victims, with 86 cases of intentional exposure in the first three weeks of 2018 alone".
Stop making that laundry detergent look so darn delicious!
Proctor and Gamble, Tide's parent company, launched an effort to warn people of the dangers of ingesting Tide Pods.
Simotas and Holyman say that the bright-colored packaging, appealing smell, and squishy texture of the pods can tempt children or adults with dementia into thinking the packets are edible.
"Ensuring the safety of the people who use our products is fundamental to everything we do at P&G", David Taylor, the company's CEO, said in a blog post last month.
NY lawmakers who said it's unnecessary to ask P&G to do more appear to agree with that sentiment.
"And the people behind this legislation should know that it's not the manufacturers who are to blame when people make stupid decisions with their products".