YouTube is removing 'dangerous' Tide pod challenge videos
- Author: Stacy Houston Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 3:53
The unsafe viral trend shows people eating laundry detergent pods while recording it. Vinnie's will now offer pizza rolls stuffed with cheese and pepperoni topped with dyed cheese to resemble the detergent pods.
The colourful calzone concoctions are made to look like Tide laundry detergent pods, but the blue and orange swirls are made from cheese died with food colouring.
On the laundry detergent packets, a warning on the packaging states to call your poison control center if swallowed. "We have and will continue to remove any of this material as soon as we're aware of it", a Facebook spokesperson said.
Willow Stewart, Community Engagement Specialist at the Center for Childhood Safety of Green Bay says that the "Tide Pod Challenge" is no laughing matter.
In the meantime, people can take their own extreme measures to combat detergent-eating, thanks to this security "robot" which is definitely not a joke at all.
Tide parent company Procter and Gamble also wants to stop people from eating its detergent.
"The "laundry packet challenge" is neither amusing nor without serious health implications", said Stephen Kaminski, JD, AAPCC's CEO and Executive Director.
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YouTube has confirmed it is removing videos showing the challenge.
The video is going viral right now.
This challenge is not like the others as severe damage to the body.
"Teens trying to be amusing are now putting themselves in danger by ingesting this poisonous substance", Ann Marie Buerkle, chairperson of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, told Good Morning America.
According to USA TODAY, the pod-eating trend has connections back to 2015 when satirical site The Onion posted a story written from a child's point of view, about wanting to eat a Tide laundry pod.
Now most of the calls involve 13- to 19-year-olds. Some teens shake, stir, or even cook them. "Only use the packets for their intended use and be sure to store them up and away", Kaminski said.
In March 2017, YouTube channel College Humour posted a short clip 'Don't Eat the Laundry Pods.