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Campaign against childhood poisonings

The period from March 15-21 is National Poison Prevention Week.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During National Poison Prevention Week 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will join forces with more than 20 countries around the world to raise awareness and prevent deaths and hospitalizations from the ingestion of single-load liquid laundry packets.

CPSC estimates that in 2013, about 80,000 children were treated in emergency departments nationwide, due to unintentional poisoning incidents.  Liquid laundry packets are among the top 10 products associated with these pediatric poisonings.

Exposure to the harmful contents of laundry packets has resulted in reports of loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, throat swelling, excessive vomiting, and temporary vision loss. Since these products reached U.S. store shelves in late 2011, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that nearly 30,000 children have been exposed to the toxic contents of the packets. CPSC is aware of at least one death relating to ingestion of a laundry packet, a 7-month-old Florida boy who died after swallowing the contents of the packet.

Like all medicines and household chemicals, laundry packets should be stored in their original packaging and placed up and out of a child’s reach and sight. Children often are attracted to the colors and texture of the packets. And with just a small amount of liquid or saliva, the concentrated detergent in the liquid soluble capsules can be released. (SOURCE: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

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