Detergent Pods a Safety Hazard?

Liquid Detergent Pods Look Like Candy


Liquid detergents are increasingly being packaged in see through bit-sized pods that look like candy, and they are being ingested by children.

We originally wrote here in 2012 that this was becoming a safety issue.

Safety Warning – Laundry Detergent Pods

It appears that this danger has only become worse. Despite considerable publicity, concerns from Federal safety agencies, Consumer Reports, and poison control centers, over 17,000 reports of children ingesting the chemicals in the packets were reported in 2012-2013. Children can become sick in a matter of minutes after ingesting the contents of these packets.

As a result, legislation was introduced yesterday to force detergent companies to follow stricter requirements with respect to single serve liquid detergent packs. The bill was introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin from Illinois who stated that parents need to do their part in keeping the packets away from children, but that companies can also do more to make their products safer by,

“making the design and color of packets less appealing to children, strengthening the water-soluble outer layer, and adding proper warning labels are common-sense protections for consumers similar to those for countless other household products,” he said in a statement. “We can still have convenience without sacrificing safety for children and families.”

Co-sponsor of the bill, Congresswoman Jackie Speier from California said,

“Toxic, concentrated detergent should not look like candy. It is irresponsible to market a product that is so unsafe to children.”

We recognize that these detergent pods are a great convenience, though we're unsure why they need to be made to look like candy. Regardless, we urge those who have children around to please be careful to keep these products away from the reach of children.

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