Looks like there has been no slow down to the Tide Pod Challenge, but law makers have a solution. They want to force the makers of laundry detergents who use the colorful Pod concept to make the Pods less colorful and less appealing to eat.
There are 2 trains of thought here. #1) Since there were over 40,000 calls to poison control last year and at least that many calls so far in 2018. Many of those calls in the last 12 months have been from children under the age of 10 trying to eat them.
“Children and adults with cognitive impairments are at risk of death and serious injury from these items that are attractive to kids and can look like food,” said Russ Haven of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
Then there is #2) If the Pods don’t look cool, the thought is that the teenagers who are trying the Tide Pod Challenge won’t find it so cool because they aren’t as bright and colorful for selfies and Facebook Live.
Will this work is up for debate.
Tide’s parent company, Proctor and Gamble have come out and said that they are doing everything they can to make precautions against accidental indigestion with warnings displayed on the package, having the Pods locked behind protective casing.
As you would expect there is a lot of discussion if a law would make a difference, but the American Cleaning Institute has come out and said that everything can be done and those legislators who are opposed to legislating the look of the product has said that the majority of misuse is intentional by those who are old enough to know better.
All mocking the stupidity to ingest laundry detergent aside, the question remains, will passing a law make a difference?
What say you?