Bill would protect children from detergent packet poisoning

Laundry detergent pods are convenient and popular, but to small children they can look like candy. A bill introduced would require stricter packaging standards for detergent.

If passed, the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act would require companies to use child-resistant packaging and design and color restrictions to make the pods less attractive to children. It would also require clear warning labels that stated the hazards of exposure and instructions on what to do to avoid harm.

In two years the National Poison Data System reported that 769 children required hospitalization for injuries associated with eating these pods, including seizures, vomiting blood and comas. Overall, the agency received 17,230 calls involving exposure to chemicals in the packets.

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