Laundry pods are colorful and look like enticing toys, candy, or a dessert, deceptively luring unsuspecting children and mentally infirm to put them into their mouths. Biting and swallowing any of the highly concentrated detergent packets, however, can cause serious, life-threatening injuries.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Center, there have been 6,046 laundry pod child poisoning incidents reported so far this year. Children under the age of 6 have unknowingly ingested or inhaled these highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets, leading to serious health injuries such as: severe vomiting, extreme breathing difficulties, chemical burns, and depression of the central nervous system.
This week, Consumer Reports announced that it would not recommend laundry pods containing liquid detergent to consumers due to the product’s hazardous risks. “Given the continued danger, we have made the decision to not include pods on our list of recommended products. And we strongly urge households where children younger than 6 are ever present to skip them altogether,” stated Consumer Reports.
We agree. Companies that make detergent pods should seek to reduce and eliminate the widespread poisoning danger to children across America by changing the products’ formulations to make them less harmful, and by selling the pods exclusively in childproof containers.
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