Authors: Tara Parsell
(CINCINNATI) -- In response to a large number of poison control calls, Proctor & Gamble announced on Friday that they plan to make their detergent packs safer.
The laundry detergent single packs, Tide Pods, have been receiving a lot of attention since they were introduced in February. As advertised, they are a no mess, no spill alternative to heavy detergent buckets, but to many children, these small colorful packets look like candy.
Poison control centers noticed the surge in calls early this month, and were able to link it to these laundry packets. They have been receiving as many as 10 calls a day about the laundry packets making children violently ill.
In a press release, Proctor & Gamble said they are taking these reports very seriously. They announced that they will be adding a safe guard to stop this from happening in the future. “We’re introducing a double-latch closure lid on tubs of Tide Pods, which will be available on store shelves starting July 2012.”
The press release also urged consumers to follow the directions and warnings on the label of all their products to reduce the risk of illness. “Tide Pods are safe when they’re used and stored according to the package directions.”
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