The health risks posed by the ingestion of Tide Pods—particularly by children—have been noted by several media outlets.
According to Consumer Reports, there were increased calls to poison control centers due to children consuming the product. Due to the sudden popularity of the mememany stores, including Walmart, Walgreen's and Ralph's,  have begun locking Tide PODS up, requiring a store employee to retrieve them for customers.
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This bled over into YouTube, where challenge videos have become a weird trope of doing the craziest thing to get views.
They wrote, "As teens participate, pretend to participate, and talk about participating in the Tide Pod Challenge, the official Tide Twitter account has assumed the unofficial role of emergency services referral.
Search Interest. Senator Chuck Schumer commented on the appeal of pods, "These pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals.
According to the Washington Post, "Last year, U. Some examples of which are a pizzeria in in Brooklyn of course. Consumer Product Safety Commission went on Good Morning America and commented on the meme, saying, "teens trying to be funny are now putting themselves in danger by ingesting this poisonous substance.
Onlinethe practice of eating Tide PODS is frequently mocked in a similar vein to bleach drinking and the consumption of other poisonous forbidden snacks.