Schumer: Even I Wanted To Eat The Detergent Pods That Look Like Candy

September 10, 2012 5:50 a.m.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a news conference Sunday calling for tighter regulations on the packaging of concentrated laundry detergent pods amid reports of children eating them after mistaking them for candy.

Schumer conceded that even he wanted to eat one.

“The incidents are skyrocketing,” the senator said, joined by medical professionals, according to the New York Daily News. “These pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals. I saw one on my staffer’s desk and I wanted to eat it.”

Schumer and medical professionals called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to crack down on the company. He counted 200 cases of children being poisoned by eating the Tide Pods were reported as of May, and said the number spiked to 1,210 in June.

“I don’t know why they make them look so delicious,” Schumer said.

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