Social media challenge encouraging teens to eat laundry pods

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Health risks posed by detergent packets were brought into the limelight in 2012 when the American Association of Poison Control Centers warned against keeping laundry pods within the reach of children aged five years or younger.

The Tide Pod Challenge is not only the latest senseless trend that is making the rounds on the internet, but it is also very risky.

However, the video compilation shows that the Tide Pod Challenge is growing in popularity, with more teens placing laundry pods in their mouths.

The videos are supposedly made to be amusing; a satirical response to national, commercialized warnings against ingesting Tide pods, which are jokingly referred to as the "forbidden fruit". Soon enough, the ideas turned into reality, giving birth to one of the social media's deadliest trends in the recent times.

A Tide spokesperson told CBS News the pods were not meant to "be played with".

The silly concept of consuming the product first garnered attention in 2015 when the satirical newspaper The Onion published a column about a child who wanted to eat the red and blue detergent pod, which has a candy-like appearance.

The end of the video shows the man being carted off into an ambulance saying, "I don't regret it".

Swallowing a small amount of the detergent can cause diarrhea and vomiting, health officials said and ingestion generally means a trip to the emergency room.

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'They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children.

"Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes ..."

A meme intended as a joke may actually be causing serious harm.

If a product gets in the eye, rinse immediately with plenty of water for 15 minutes and seek medical advice as needed.

If you or your child has swallowed a laundry detergent pod, call the national poison help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Following these laundry safety steps will help keep your home as safe as possible.

Read the product safety information provided on the package.

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