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Detergent pod warning

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The U.S. Poison Control Centers has a warning for parents: keep detergent pods away from your kids.

Those small, brightly colored packets are to blame for thousands of cases where kids accidentally swallowed or bit on the packing.

The poison control center says there have been 8,500 cases so far, and the year isn't over, so the number could grow.

That's up 35% from 2012, when there were 6,300 cases of reported poisonings of kids under 5. One child died in August after eating a sun products detergent capsule.

Companies are trying to find ways to safeguard the product, without doing away with it. They have been changing the packaging adding new warnings, latches on the box to keep kids out, and getting rid of the clear packaging so kids won't see the bright-colored pellets.

Detergent capsules are a 305-million dollar market.  That's not a lot, considering the entire laundry industry is measured by the billions. But it's a growth area, especially as consumers want more and more convenience.


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