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Proctor & Gamble Alters Tide Pods After Numerous Poison Calls

Proctor & Gamble(CINCINNATI) -- In response to a large number of poison control calls, Proctor & Gamble announced on Friday that they plan to make their detergent packs safer.

The laundry detergent single packs, Tide Pods, have been receiving a lot of attention since they were introduced in February. As advertised, they are a no mess, no spill alternative to heavy detergent buckets, but to many children, these small colorful packets look like candy.

Poison control centers noticed the surge in calls early this month, and were able to link it to these laundry packets. They have been receiving as many as 10 calls a day about the laundry packets making children violently ill.

In a press release, Proctor & Gamble said they are taking these reports very seriously.  They announced that they will be adding a safe guard to stop this from happening in the future. “We’re introducing a double-latch closure lid on tubs of Tide Pods, which will be available on store shelves starting July 2012.”

The press release also urged consumers to follow the directions and warnings on the label of all their products to reduce the risk of illness. “Tide Pods are safe when they’re used and stored according to the package directions.”

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Tide Theft Tied to Drug Trade?

Procter & Gamble(NEW YORK) -- It’s being called a “grime wave,” a rash of thefts targeting Tide laundry detergent.

Near Minneapolis, cameras caught 53-year-old Patrick Costanzo stealing more than $25,000 worth of the product over the course of 15 months.

“It’s like he put the pieces in there like Tetris pieces. He maximized that cart, there’s no wasted space,” said investigator Sean Melville of the West St. Paul police.

Costanzo would load up his cart and push right past workers. He’d also take paper towels, soda and toilet paper.

“There’s no way he can be using,” said Melville. “I hope for his own sake he’s not using that much toilet paper every day.”

Authorities finally put an end to the sudsy spree, but with a retail price from $10 to $20 this household laundry staple has become a kind of currency of the streets. It can sell on the black market for half the price and with no serial number it’s impossible to track.

“Tide is highly recognizable, it’s very difficult to trace and it’s easily resold,” said Brad Garrett, former FBI special agent.

According to law enforcement officials, the Procter & Gamble clothes cleaner has become part of the dirty drug trade. A recent drug sting in Maryland turned up more Tide than cocaine.

“It may be more financially viable for the drug dealer to exchange Tide for drugs and then resell the Tide,” Garrett told ABC News.

CVS stores have even put tide on lock down, saying drug users have targeted Tide much like flu medications.

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