Consumer Reports: Ingesting laundry pods can be deadly for adults

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Consumer Reports released a new safety alert about the danger of laundry detergent pods and kids. The pods can be just as dangerous, sometimes even deadly, for some adults. (WLS)

Consumer Reports released a new safety alert about the danger of laundry detergent pods and kids. The pods can be just as dangerous, sometimes even deadly, for some adults.

Here's the information you need to keep your loved ones safe.

For years, Consumer Reports has warned about the dangers of liquid laundry detergent packs and children. The pods can look like candy and kids can bite into them.

But after looking into the reported deaths from laundry packs, Consumer Reports changed its advice to include some adults.

Since 2012, there have been eight reported deaths in the U.S. associated with laundry pod exposure. Two were young children, but six of the people who died were adults with dementia.

"So an expert that we talked to let us know that people with dementia often mistake random items for food," Consumer Reports Chief Science Officer James Dickerson said.

In 2015, poison control centers logged more than 13,000 calls related to liquid laundry pack exposures.

That same year, Consumer Reports also pushed for laundry-pod safety, including new packaging that's now available.

"New voluntary standards, including provisions that make these pods taste bitter, have been enacted since January 2017. We're hoping that this will help alleviate the thousands of calls that poison control centers receive every year regarding these pods," Dickerson said.

The American Cleaning Institute, an industry trade group, said "manufacturers are fully committed to reducing accidental access to" laundry detergent packets.

Laundry detergent pods are still not on Consumer Reports' recommended lists.

Its new advice: do not use liquid laundry packs if there's a child under age six or anyone who is cognitively impaired in your home.

Laundry packs or pods can cause anything from eye irritations to vomiting, drowsiness, delirium and trouble breathing.

If you think someone in your home may have ingested a laundry pod, call 911.

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