A recent report by Fox News, Laundry detergent pods exploding in childrens’ throats, describes several recent incidents in which children have consumed laundry detergent pods. One case details a 13-month girl in Minnesota who was hospitalized for a week after swallowing a blue detergent pod that she thought was a blueberry.
In order to circumvent future occurrences, laundry detergent companies have made several changes to their products and how they are sold in grocery stores:
- Grocery stores will no longer sell laundry detergent pods directly next to fresh fruits, such as blueberries.
- Laundry detergent pods will no longer be handed out as free samples with little tooth picks in them, as they might be confused for food.
- Labeling for laundry detergent pods will no longer include the recommended serving size and nutritional facts based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
- Laundry detergent pods will not longer be available in various tasty flavors, such as blueberry, cherry, and fruity splash.
It is also recommended that parents follow these additional safety tips:
- Laundry detergent pods should no longer be given to children as special treats or rewards for good behavior.
- Including laundry detergent pods in your child’s sack lunch for school is now discouraged.
- Although time-saving, parents are urged to no longer wash your children in washing machines (the delicate spin cycle in the dryer is still considered to be a safe and effective way to dry your children).
- To help prevent children’s access to laundry detergent pods, it is recommended that parents keep them in a safe-deposit box at their bank.
“Foxnews.com: Laundry detergent pods exploding in childrens’ throats” August 10, 2014.