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State Police: Don’t Eat Laundry Detergent Pods

Credit: PA Internet News Service

Pennsylvania State Police have a warning for the public: don’t put a laundry detergent pod in your mouth and film it.

In a bulletin released to the public this week, troopers said the “Tide Pod Challenge” could have dangerous impacts for those who follow it. The ingredients of the pods, according to state police, are very dangerous when ingested.

In short, the Tide Pod Challenge has a person, often a teenager, put a small Tide detergent pod in their mouth and ingest it. The dangerous incidents are often filmed.

Previously, there has been issues with young children and senior citizens dealing with mental capacity problems swallowing the colorful Tide Pods.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers said there have been 39 cases of teenagers putting the Tide Pods in their mouths in 2018. In total, there have been more than 10,000 cases of young kids putting the pods in their mouths.

Tide parent company Procter and Gamble has said the detergent pods are not to be played with and are for cleaning laundry.

Fast Company reported YouTube has started to remove Tide Pod Challenge videos. Their reasoning has to do with violations of YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

“Laundry companies have advised that detergent pods are not to be played with and are not a joke,” state police said.

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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001