Do Tide Pods look too delicious? Lawmakers say kids would stop swallowing the capsules if they were less squishy, fruity and colorful

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Tide Pods shouldn't look so 'delicious', two lawmakers have said in a desperate bid to curb the rising rate detergent-linked deaths.

The squishy pouches filled with bright laundry detergent are the key component of 2018's first viral social media trend where teenagers post videos of themselves biting into the gummy-like capsules and challenge their friends to do the same.

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So far this year there have been more than 40 reports of teens getting sick after eating the bright laundry detergent pods as part of the 'Tide Pod Challenge'.

According to state Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, the problem is that the capsules look, feel and smell too much like candy - and making them less colorful and fragrant could do the trick.

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The squishy capsules contain colorful detergent encased soft plastic and are about the size of the typical 'fun-size' candy. Like most detergent products, they have a fruity smell.

Hoylman and Simotas say the pods are a risk to young children and adults with dementia who might mistake them for something edible.

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'They look like gummy bears,' Hoylman, a Manhattan democrat, said in statement on Tuesday.

'It makes no sense to me that with nearly 30 incidents a day, manufacturers still haven’t made these products safe. It’s way past time to fix these products or remove them altogether from store shelves,' the father-of-two said.

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Holyman and Simotas have proposed that the pods themselves be changed to a uniform color so they look less appealing, saying that the color is just for appearance.

'All we have to make sure is that public safety trumps [Procter & Gamble's] profits,' Simontas, a Queens democrat, said.

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Along with changing the color, the proposal suggested making the capsules more firm so their texture isn't so similar to gummy candy.

A less realistic suggestion was to make the pods smell...
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