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Package Changes Don’t Stop Laundry Pod Poisonings

May 26, 2015 — Single-use laundry detergent “pods” continue to cause poisonings and deaths despite changes to the packaging and labels, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Investigators reported seven deaths have been linked to the products, including four last year and one earlier this year. While most involved young children, two deaths involved adults with dementia or mental disabilities.

When Tide Pods and similar products hit the market in 2012, they were sold in clear containers that resembled candy jars with flimsy flip-top lids. The brightly-colored packets were squishy, sweet-smelling, bite-sized, and looked like candy.

The products also contain much more powerful chemicals than traditional laundry detergent, which makes them far more dangerous when eaten or accidentally squirted into the eyes.

Although most products have been re-designed with opaque containers and sturdier lids, about 30 cases of accidental exposure involving children under six years old are still reported every day. This year alone, more than 2,700 incidents have been reported. Last year, over 11,700 exposures were reported — up 30% from the year before.

Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturer of Tide Pods, commands about 80% of the market for single-use laundry packets. They are also facing several lawsuits accusing them of negligence for failing to ensure the safety of the products.

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