False rumors swirl about anthrax in Tide

Rumors swirled this week on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook that states seven people have died as a result of anthrax poisoning, which a Procter & Gamble employee has refuted.

The apparently false anthrax scare message also incorrectly stated that it had been reported on CNN, Third Age reports, though no report is known to have occurred.

While the company has not yet responded to the rumors on its website, an unidentified employee set the record straight, Third Age reports.

"I work for the Tide brand, I can 100 percent confirm the text message going around is not true," the employee said, according to Third Age. "From time to time, people do this kind of thing as a prank. Unfortunately, there is little we can do other than to share the fact that this is completely unfounded."

According to a series of quotes posted on About.com, the warning is very similar to a warning that was sent out via email nearly a decade ago. That warning mentioned possible poisoning in samples via the mail. The current warning similarly stated that seven people had died from inhaling items mailed to them, though it makes no mention of Tide or anthrax.

Anthrax is caused by a particular strain of bacteria and many forms of the disease can be lethal if not treated immediately.