Procter & Gamble (PG) has pulled a laundry detergent from shelves after consumers accused the product of promoting neo-Nazi ideals.
Promotional packages of the detergent had the number “88” printed on a white soccer jersey. The number “88” is considered to sometimes represent the phrase “Heil Hitler” in Germany because “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet.
The item has been pulled even though the company claims that the number was “unintentionally ambiguous.” Procter & Gamble also pulled a liquid detergent being promoted as “Ariel 18” because the number 18 is sometimes used to stand for “A.H.” or Adolf Hitler.
The use of Nazi slogans in public is banned in Germany.
PG stock is up close to 0.3% Friday.