Consumer Reports continues in its self-appointed quest to get the public to take more seriously the purported threat posed by laundry detergent pods. The organization has become concerned about a surge in the number of incidents in which a young child has ingested one of these items. This tends to happen because the child confuses the small, brightly colored pod with a piece of candy. Over slightly more than a year, 7,700 incident reports have been made to poison control centers across the country. Consumers Union, a branch of Consumer Reports, thus wants to use this week’s classification as National Poison Prevention Week to call upon parents and guardians to keep the pods out of a child’s grasp. They’re also calling upon manufacturers to take more proactive steps in preventing an injury.
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