Recently Filed Laundry Detergent Pod Lawsuits Show Liquid Detergent Pods Are Poisoning Both Children And Adults Due To Their Candy Like Packaging
Laundry Detergent Pod Lawsuit News: Recently filed laundry detergent pod lawsuits have been filed against the makers of a popular brand of laundry detergent pods. These laundry detergent pods have been linked to severe injuries, poisoning, and even death in young children as well as adults. The lawsuits claim the packaging is colorful, and the detergent pods have a candy-like appearance.
According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in November 2014 examined laundry detergent pod dangers and injuries. The study gathered data from the National Poison Data System from 2012 and 2013 based on the reports of poisoning and injuries due to laundry detergent pods. The study authors found that 17,230 children reported ingesting the liquid laundry pods. These ingestions led to over 750 hospitalizations and one or more deaths.
“Because children may be enticed by the colorful, candy-like appearance of detergent pods, the study authors conclude that a national safety standard is needed to improve product packaging and labeling,” the AAP stated in a news release about the liquid laundry detergent pod study.
These statistics on laundry detergent pod injuries have become even more alarming given the short time the pods have been on the market. Single-use laundry packages have only been on the market since 2012. Since their original conception, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has warned parents and caregivers to use extreme caution when storing the items to prevent children from ingesting the detergent.
In addition laundry detergent pod poisoning caused by eating the liguid pods, the AAPCC states that the pods can also cause serious eye and breathing problems. The high-dose concentration of single-use laundry pods could be behind the increased danger risk. Bright, colorful packaging also appeals to curious children.
In 2014, over 9,9035 children were exposed to dangerous doses from laundry packets, the AAPCC told Associations Now. “Poison centers receive many calls each year about children getting into laundry detergent,” the AAPCC stated in a public health alert in 2014.
Since the original release of the packets, several manufacturers have made the pod external packaging harder to open, but this does not help children who get into opened packages. Many health organizations claim that these efforts are not enough to keep children safe, and the recent data seems to agree with their assessment.
According to The American Cleaning Institute, manufacturers can make their products safer by following their new suggested packaging guidelines. “The guidance provides best practices for the household laundry products industry in the labeling and design of packaging for liquid laundry packets,” ACI told Associations Now.
Sadly, these efforts still may not be enough to keep even adults safe. Some critics claim that laundry pods are simply to dangerous to exist at all.
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