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IF YOU USE DETERGENT PODS LIKE TIDE, READ THIS!

There’s another warning about those new pod laundry detergents and how kids across the country are eating them. To a child, the brightly-colored pods can look like candy. A new report from the CDC calls the problem “an emerging public health hazard in the United States.” In the two months between May and June of this year, poison control centers around the country handled 1,008 cases of kids swallowing laundry detergent. Nearly half of these cases involved detergent pods. Most of the kids are five or younger. And the consequences can be very serious. “There are many children who have been hospitalized as a result of ingesting these pods,” said Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports. They first warned about the problem this summer. Consumer Reports tested seven pod detergents and only Tide made the recommended list. So while pods are easy to use, most don’t clean as well as traditional detergents. Manufacturers have warned parents that these pods, like all detergents, should be kept away from kids. Tide has added a more child-resistant double latch to its packages. But the old containers are still on the market.

 

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