Apparently Eating Laundry Detergent Pods Is The Latest 'Young People' Trend

12 January, 2018, 19:34 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Dangerous challenge on social media focusing on laundry pods

The challenge involves laundry detergent pods - and it could be unsafe.

Since the introduction of laundry detergent pods into the United States in 2010, poison control centres in the country have noted an increase in the number of cases for detergent ingestion.

A March 2017 video likely generated the biggest conversation about students eating pods. The video ends with the student saying he doesn't regret it on an emergency backboard.

The video spurred discussions and dares on public forums like Twitter and Reddit with teenagers coming up with novel ideas to ingest detergent pods.

Health risks posed by detergent packets were brought into the limelight in 2012 when the American Association of Poison Control Centers warned against keeping laundry pods within the reach of children aged five years or younger.

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The videos are supposedly made to be amusing; a satirical response to national, commercialized warnings against ingesting Tide pods, which are jokingly referred to as the "forbidden fruit". To date, there have not been reports of anyone being taken to the hospital or receiving medical attention due to eating Tide pods as a result of the challenge.Still, the company urged their consumers and their families to use these products for laundry purposes only.

Even if a person spits out the liquid, it is still capable of causing diarrhoea and vomiting. These are people who are going out and actively going to look for them to ingest them.

"Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes ..."

If you or someone you know has eaten a laundry detergent pod, call the national poison help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your phone.

By 2015, jokes about wanting to consume the pods had become so rampant that even The Onion had to satirize the topic.

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