Following several cases of children being poisoned by laundry pods, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released a statement saying companies need to make the appealing-looking products less accessible. Due to their being packaged in a way that resembles candy, over 17,000 children have sought medical treatment after either swallowing the detergent or getting it in their eyes. There have been two recorded fatalities.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that manufacturers and legislators develop a uniform set of safety standards to better assure child safety and address the current, and potentially unsafe packaging method.
Last year, Proctor & Gamble updated its packaging of Tide pods to have a third safety latch and warning labels. However, toddlers are still able to open the container.