Dangerous Detergent Pods

business_ethics_highlights_2 What (if anything) are a manufacturer’s obligations when the product they sell becomes the focus of significant misuse? There’s no indication (at all!) that the makers of Tide are doing anything wrong, here. But still, it’s worth asking yourself: if a product you made was the focus of a (stupid, stupid) fad like this, would you feel obligated to do something? Anything? If so, what? And why (or why not)?

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LINK: Teens are daring each other to eat Tide pods. We don’t need to tell you that’s a bad idea. (by Lindsey Bever for Washington Post)

Now videos circulating on social media are showing kids biting into brightly colored liquid laundry detergent packets. Or cooking them in frying pans, then chewing them up before spewing the soap from their mouths.

Experts say the game, dubbed the “Tide pod challenge,” is dangerous.

Tide did not respond to requests for comment from The Post, but its parent company, Procter & Gamble, told the Fresno Bee that the pods are meant strictly for use in the wash….

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