New York lawmakers suggest legislating to make Tide detergent pods look less like lollies

Tide Pods.
Tide Pods. Photo credit: CBS

Two US lawmakers have suggested a law change to ensure household detergent looks less appetising after a new trend of teenagers eating laundry liquid.

The dangerous "Tide Pod Challenge" became popular on social media in early 2018 following years of jokes about the detergents similar appearance to candy.

In response YouTube began removing videos of teens eating Tide Pods and Tide started a campaign pleading with consumers to keep the pods out of their mouths.

However two democratic lawmakers from New York have suggested going one step further and want to make a new state law to force detergent manufacturers to avoid making products that look like candy.

State Sentator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas wrote a letter to Tide's owner Proctor and Gamble on Tuesday begging them to put customer safety over profit, USA Today reports.

They've introduced a Bill which would force detergent packets to have child resistant packaging, clear labels and a less colourful design.

"We want to make sure these poisonings are prevented. It's easy. All we have to make sure is that public safety trumps their profits," Ms Simotas told a news conference on Tuesday (local time).

"We're asking for all laundry detergent pods to be uniform in colour," Mr Hoylman said.

"We don't need them to look like Gummy Bears in order for consumers to use them."


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