What’s going on?
Tired of hearing about Tide Pods? Sorry, you’ll have to read at least one more story about the internet’s favorite trend because two New York City Democrats want to use it to create a new law.
State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas have proposed a law that would ban packaging that makes laundry detergent pods look like candy, CBS New York reported. The law would force companies to individually package each pod in a uniform color and include a warning label.
Are Tide Pods a real problem or just another Twitter meme?
The “Tide Pods challenge” is an internet trend and running joke. But how many people are actually eating the brightly colored pods?
The American Association of Poison Control Centers has reported at least 86 cases of intentional misuse of Tide Pods so far this year. In comparison, there were 53 cases in all of 2017. So yes, more people are intentionally trying to poison themselves with laundry detergent, but no, it's not a nationwide epidemic.
A far more dangerous problem is when parents and caregivers don’t keep highly concentrated detergent pods out of reach. More than 600 children age 5 and younger were exposed to laundry detergent packets last month.
“If we’re talking about 2-year-olds, I don’t think they’re going to read the warning label,” Glenn said.
What about teenagers? If you’re old enough to know better and do it anyway, all the government regulations in the world can’t keep you from eating laundry detergent pods.
“This is Progressivism 101,” Glenn said of the proposed law.