Urgent recall of 8 million packs of top-selling laundry detergent sold at Walmart, Target, CVS and Family Dollar – after defective packaging led to cases of children eating dangerous capsules

Laundry detergent pods from major brands including Tide and Ace have been urgently recalled over safety fears.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 8.2 million defective packets sold at popular stores such as CVS, Family Dollar, Target and Walmart. 

The watchdog said the detergent pods are sold in flexible film bags which can split open near the zipper track, which mean children could gain access to the contents. 

It has received four reports of children in the US getting into the bags – three of which reported that they ingested a detergent pod. 

The zipper is meant to mean that kids cannot gain access to the pods, which are toxic to eat and can also cause injury to the skin and eyes. 

Laundry detergent pods from major brands including Tide and Ace have been urgently recalled over safety fears

The recall involves certain lot codes of 17 variations of Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods, and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets.

It only applies to bags distributed in the US that were manufactured between September 2023 and February 2024. 

The watchdog said consumers should immediately secure the recalled bags out of sight and reach of children and contact manufacturer Procter & Gamble for a full refund and a free replacement child-resistant bag to store the product.

Consumers can check to see if their bag is part of the recall by checking the lot code on their packet.

Recalled lot codes will be listed here and are found on the bottom of the package. 

Consumers with recalled bags can submit a photo of the recalled product, showing the lot code to participate in the recall. 

The bags were also on sale at Big Lots, Home Depot, Sam’s Club and online at Amazon.

The four reported incidents to the watchdog happened during the time period that the recalled lots were on sale, but it is not known if the laundry packets came from recalled bags. 

The recall involves certain variations of Gain detergent

It also includes Ace Pods

The recall involves certain lot codes of variations of Gain Flings and Ace Pods

It comes after concerns were raised over a social media craze which led teenagers to eat laundry detergent pods. 

Doctors warned people not to participate in the potentially fatal ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ where teenagers filmed themselves chewing and gagging on colorful detergent pods and then daring others to participate.

They cautioned that the pods contain ethanol, polymers and hydrogen peroxide and are extremely toxic. 


Gain Flings Original

Gain Flings Moonlight Breeze Scent

Gain Flings Blissful Breeze Scent

Gain Flings Spring Daydream Scent

Gain Flings Plus Ultra Oxi

Gain Flings Plus Odor Defense

Tide Pods Original

Tide Simply Pods Plus Oxi Boost

Tide Pods Clean Breeze Scent

Tide Pods Free & Gentle

Tide Pods Oxi

Tide Pods Ultra Oxi

Tide Pods Spring Meadow Scent

Tide Pods Light 

Ace Pods Spring Meadow

Ace Pods Clean Breeze 

Ariel Pods Alpine Breeze

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