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Consumer Reports: Laundry pods poisoning kids

(WMC TV) - Laundry detergent pods are a convenient way to do your laundry. There is no guesswork or measuring.

But Consumer Reports has discovered those colorful pods can pose a danger to young children. 

Poison control centers have received more than 9,500 reports of children 5 and under coming in contact with or ingesting pods since early 2012. Consumer Reports said kids are naturally drawn to them. They're water-soluble, so as soon as they go into the mouth, they start to dissolve.

Though pods from Tide and Costco's Kirkland Signature are top performers in Consumer Reports' cleaning tests, their candy-like packaging and easy access are real concerns. Procter and Gamble, maker of Tide Pods, told Consumer Reports it would help address the problem by phasing out its clear plastic containers.

Consumer Reports told Action News 5 that Procter and Gamble had no plans to phase out Tide's easy-open pouch, but a company spokesperson said its already stocking Tide Pods with opaque tubs and pouches on store shelves nationwide.

Costco's Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Pacs come in clear containers. They look a lot like those used for snack food, and they're easy to open. Costco told Consumer Reports it will introduce an opaque container in August, followed by a child-deterrent lid early next year. 

The bottom line here is it's really important to keep all detergent out of the reach of curious children.

If a small child ingests one of these pods, it can lead to excessive vomiting and has caused some victims to stop breathing. The pods can also cause serious eye injuries. If you suspect your child has come into contact with a detergent pod, call the national poison control hotline immediately at 1-800-222-1222. 

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