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Colorful Detergent Pods Mistaken for Candy by U.S. Children

Written by James P. Nevin james.jpg

We all know kids put things in their mouth. It is the reason parents child-proof the house. What parents don't need is a dangerous product enticing their children to pop it in their mouth. Bright colors, small, fun shapes and eye-catching packaging is drawing children to laundry pods like candy. Literally.

The detergent pod idea, designed to liven up the age-old chore of laundry, has become a serious hazard for children.

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Adding to the dilemma of parents is the fact that detergent companies do not child-proof the detergent pod containers, making this dangerous idea both appealing to children and more accessible. The CDC says that exposure to detergent pods is "an emerging public health hazard in the United States."

detergent pods3.jpgThere were 1,008 cases of detergent poisoning among children this summer, and that was just in a 30 day period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Poison centers across the country are seeing an average of 10 detergent poisonings per day, with 90% of the victims being children under the age of six years old.

Children who ingested laundry pods were usually sicker than those who ingested other forms of detergent. The pods look so similar to candy that the children don't relate it to a dangerous product.

detergent pods2.jpgIn response, Proctor & Gamble plan to unveil new childproof packaging. This will include a double-latch lid and larger warning label on the container that some critics say resembles a candy jar. Other detergent companies are updating their packaging with clearer labels warning parents of the risks and providing more specific instructions incase of ingestion.


Image Credits:
"Single-Load Liquid Laundry Packets Harmful " by US CPSC, used under CC BY
"Tide Pods Laundry Detergent Capsules" by Austin Kirk, used under CC BY
"Cascade Extra Action Dish Detergent Pods" by Austin Kirk, used under CC BY

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