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More than 8 million bags of Tide and other detergents pods are being recalled over faulty packaging

TideProctor & Gamble is recalling about 8.2 million Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods, and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets packaged in plastic bags.

The outer packaging can split open near the zipper track, posing a risk of serious injury to children and other vulnerable people if the contents of the packets are eaten, as well as posing a risk of skin or eye injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

The agency warned that eating of a large quantity of household cleaning products can cause death among people with underlying health issues.

No confirmed cases directly relating to the packaging defect have been reported, the CPSC said. However, the firm has received four reports of children in the U.S. accessing the liquid laundry packets, three of which reported ingestion during the time period that the recalled lots were sold, but it isn’t known if these laundry packets came from recalled bags.

Recalled products range from bags with 12 to 39 laundry detergent packets.

Recalled lot codes are listed at and are found on the bottom of the package. The detergent bags were manufactured between September 2023 and February 2024. The cost was between $5 for one 12-count bag and $30 for four 39-count bags in a box.

The detergent pods were sold at Big Lots, CVS, Family Dollar, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, and other major stores nationwide and online at and other websites.

Consumers should immediately secure the recalled bags out of sight and reach of children and contact Procter & Gamble for a refund and a free replacement child-resistant bag to store the pods in. Consumers can also receive a cabinet lock for securing laundry materials. 

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

For more information, call Procter & Gamble at 833-347-5764 or visit


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