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Single-use laundry detergent packets poison thousands of U.S. children annually

Approximately 30,000 children have been treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for poisoning stemming the ingestion of single-use laundry detergent packets, prompting federal safety regulators to coordinate with other governments around the world to raise awareness of this seemingly innocuous threat. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has joined forces with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and an international consortium of government agencies to find ways to halt the threat that laundry packets or pods pose to children as the products soar in popularity. “Many laundry packets are colorful, attractive to children, and can contain poisonous ingredients,” said ... Read More

CPSC observes “National Poison Prevention Week,” urging us to “Prepare and Prevent” poison exposure

This week, March 16-22, 2014, is National Poison Prevention Week. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is observing this week by asking consumers to “Prepare and Prevent” exposure to poisonous products in the household. Nearly 90,000 children are treated in emergency departments nationwide each year due to unintentional poison exposure, typically occurring in the home. An online Poison Prevention Safety Education Center has been created by the CPSC in order to reduce the risk of unintentional poising. CPSC emphasizes that even innocent-looking dangers often lurk in the household, but consumers can take simple steps to identify and prevent poison ... Read More

Poison Prevention Week focuses on child safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is joining forces with consumer product safety agencies in Canada and Mexico to promote child safety during Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23. The agencies are providing tips to keep kids safe from accidental poisoning. Unintentional poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury among children. Statistics show that thousands of children visit the emergency room each year as a result of accidental poisoning. While child-resistant packaging on many products, combined with awareness efforts and educational programs, have helped reduce the number of youngsters injured each year, parents and caregivers must remain alert ... Read More