"The "laundry packet challenge" is neither amusing nor without serious health implications", Stephen Kaminski, JD, AAPCC's CEO and executive director, said in the statement. Previous examples include the cinnamon challenge which had people trying to ingest copious amounts of the spice for no apparent reason.
In the past month, we've seen (fake) Tide POD flavored Oreos, Chrissy Teigen tweet about the correlation of the trend and Trump's presidency, and so many comments about how they have killed more people than marijuana.
Vinnie's isn't the only one hoping to stop kids from eating Tide pods.
In early 2017, College Humor, a comedic content company, posted a video about eating laundry pods, reported News4jax. Eating detergent for the sake of views doesn't seem like a very sound decision, to be honest. Use Tide Pods for washing.
YouTube and Facebook, which this week testified on Capitol Hill about steps they're taking to detect and remove extremist content on their sites, are also removing videos related to the viral Tide Pod Challenge.
Google, whose parent company also owns YouTube, has announced that videos of the Laundry Pod Challenge videos will be deleted from the platform. "It's a highly toxic and poisonous mix of detergent meant to wipe out dirt and grime", she said.
According to an alert issued this week by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the centres have received over 50,000 calls relating to liquid laundry packet exposures in the last five years. The spot enlists the help of New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski.
With at least 10 deaths linked to ingesting Tide Pods, two being toddlers and eight being seniors with dementia, Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Commission Ann Marie Buerkle, highlighted that "what started out as a joke on the internet" has gone too far.
The best way to avoid the risks of this challenge is help your child realize just how unsafe the single-load laundry packets can be, says Carolyn Forte, the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Lab.
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