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Poison Dangers with Detergent Capsules

U.S. poison control centers have a warning for parents - keep detergent pods away from your kids. Those small, brightly colored packets are to blame for thousands of cases where kids accidentally swallowed or bit on the packing.
U.S. poison control centers have a warning for parents - keep detergent pods away from your kids.
Those small, brightly colored packets are to blame for thousands of cases where kids accidentally swallowed or bit on the packing.


Gone are the days of measuring out liquid or powder detergent.

Now, just grab a capsule and throw it in the washer.

They make a mundane task faster, but a warning for parents...

Those little capsules are leading to a surge in poisoning cases among children.

The Poison Control Center says there have been 8,500 cases so far, and the year isn't over.... so the number could grow.

That's up 35-percent from 2012, when there were 6,300 cases of reported poisonings of kids under 5.

One child died in august after eating a sun products detergent capsule.

The problem?

They're small, and to a child, can look like candy because of the bright colors.

Companies have been changing the packaging...

Adding new warnings, latches on the box to keep kids out, and getting rid of the clear packaging so kids won't see the bright-colored pellets.

But they're not being pulled from store shelves.

Detergent capsules are a $305-million market.

That's not a lot, considering the entire laundry industry is measured by the billions.

But it's a growth area, especially as consumers want more and more convenience.

And since Tide came out with its 'pods' in 2012, the market has boomed.

Woolite, Vanish, Wisk, Arm & Hammer also have some type of detergent capsule.

Companies are trying to find ways to safeguard the product, without doing away with it.


(Alison Kosik for CNN's Consumer Watch)


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