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Teens Risk Lives By Eating Laundry Detergent In Viral ‘Tide Pod Challenge’
By Izza Sofia, 14 Jan 2018
There is a new meme making its way around the internet that should alarm parents of teens, behold the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’.
The task is simple. Pop one in your mouth and bite down on the seal to release the brightly-colored liquid soap and powdered detergent.
It started as an internet joke, which gained steam after CollegeHumor published a YouTube video titled, ‘Don’t Eat the Laundry Pods. (Seriously. They’re Poison.)’.
The danger of laundry detergent pods have been well-documented since they were reintroduced to consumers by Procter & Gamble with the launch of Tide Pods in 2012.
According to a statement from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), ingesting a single-load liquid laundry packet can cause coma, seizure, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, and other digestive tract issues.
Teens who are publicly speaking about their experience with Tide Pods have said that they knew it was a bad idea to eat them. One 19-year-old told CBS News that he did it on a dare, knew better than to do it, but did it anyway. “A lot of people were just saying how stupid I was or…why would I be willing to do that,” said Marc Pagan. “No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, ya know?”
BREAKING: Someone on Tumblr has come up with an edible tide pod recipe pic.twitter.com/opiIZzgDk4— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) January 9, 2018
[via Bustle, opening image via CollegeHumor]
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