Spike in child consumption of laundry pods

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A New York State lawmaker is calling for more accountability from companies which manufacture colorful detergent pods.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said Monday in the light of new research, which says pods are to blame for 700 hospitalizations and 17,000 poison control control calls for child consumption in the United States, he’s calling for manufacturers to install childproof lids and take accountability for the dangerous chemicals in their products.

“While these pods are supposed to make household chores easier, it’s clear that these colorful, tempting, yet harmful chemicals found on the laundry room floor or under the kitchen sink are making it harder to keep our kids safe” Schumer said. “The common sense solution to this problem is for manufacturers and federal consumer protection experts to make the product less attractive to children, and for them to use child safe caps on the dispensers.”

The study, which was published in the medical journal Pediatrics, found that of the 17,000 poison control calls, hundreds come from New York residents.

Schumer said all companies need to follow Procter and Gamble’s lead. The company which produces Tide Pods containers said it would be implementing a new double-latch lid in 2012.

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