Health Canada warns parents to keep laundry pods away from children

OTTAWA – Health Canada is warning parents to keep laundry detergent packs away from small kids after receiving reports of children injesting the colourful miniature pods.

The agency says it is working with the Canadian Association of Poison Control Centres to gather information on incidents that may have been reported to their provincial centres.

Health Canada says the products involved in the reported incidents are the subject of an on-going review by the agency.

The brightly coloured packets with their squishy texture are attractive to children and if injested can lead to harmful health effects, including severe abdominal pain, vomiting, or breathing difficulty.

Warnings about the new laundry packs were first issued in May by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, which said it had received a surge of reports of children mistaking them for candy.<

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In response the makers of Tide said they planned to have new child proof containers out this summer.<

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