Everyone keeps eating laundry pods - here's why

Faith Castro
January 18, 2018

A viral challenge online has started to peak the interest of students in Saskatchewan.

A new Internet meme has resulted in more than 40 teens in America biting down on liquid detergent pods as part of a challenge.

The user later posted a PSA video in which he warned any copycats against similarly trying to vape Tide pods.

"If the post stops one person from doing something that could hurt them, then flawless". However, one such pointless circumstance that is unfortunately sweeping the nation is the "Tide Pod Challenge" a particularly troublesome craze that has many concerned. However, she said that she's heard teenagers talk about how the pods look "yummy".

The company has released its own messages on social media, saying that the pods should be used for doing laundry - and nothing else. She added it's a good idea to have a conversation with your kids about the risky fad and it's best to state the facts.

In the first 15 days of the new year, poison control centers received 39 such calls - the same number they received in all of 2016, the association said. "Just having a discussion about the negatives because - social media never posts that information - would be helpful for kids to know the full story".

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Laundry-detergent packets commonly known as "pods" have been flagged before as a safety issue for young children.

- With files from the 980 CJME Morning Show.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeted against eating laundry pods last week.

Almost 220 teens were reportedly exposed to the capsules in 2017, and about 25 percent of those cases were intentional, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers cited by The Washington Post. As any parent of toddlers knows, if a 3-year-old can grab something and put it in his mouth, he's gonna grab it and put it in his mouth.

Speaking of which, make sure you line up a laundry service down in the Caymans.

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