P&G to Add Latches to Make Detergent Packs Safer

Kids mistaking concentrated detergent packs for candy

Friday, May 25, 2012  |  Updated 10:41 AM CDT
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Children Mistaking Detergent for Candy

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Children who eat detergent pods often require hospitalization, with symptoms ranging from vomiting to trouble breathing.

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Children Mistaking Detergent for Candy

Poison control centers are warning parents about concentrated single-dose laundry detergent after children -- including 57 in Texas -- have mistaken the colorful cubes for candy and eaten them.
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Proctor & Gamble says it will change the design of packaging for its miniature laundry detergent product to deter children from eating the brightly colored packets that look like candy.

Procter & Gamble spokesman Paul Fox says the Cincinnati-based company plans to create a new double latch lid on tubs of Tide Pods "in the next couple of weeks."

Doctors say children sometimes swallow the pods thinking they are edible.   NBC 5's Scott Gordon filed a report about 57 Texas cases on May 23.

Nearly 250 cases have been reported to poison control centers this year -- a fraction of the thousands of poisoning calls received every year. No deaths have been reported.

Fox says to reduce the risk of poisoning, household cleaners and laundry detergents should be kept out of children's reach.

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