The glossily colored laundry detergents pods actually pose more of danger to adults with dementia than they do to kids. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to a research a total of two of six adults with cognitive impairment died over the last five years as a result of the consumption of the pods, the CPSE reported. The deaths were first exposed by the independent non-profit consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports after it filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission told the NBC news that of the six adults, five deaths was in the United States of America and only one in the Canada.Consumer Reports and the other safety advocates have debated that the colorful, squishy packets too closely resemble sweet confections and should be redesigned since the product was launched.
American Cleaning Institute in a statement emailed to the NBC News said the “Manufacturers of the liquid laundry detergent packets are fully committed to reducing accidental access to these products, which are used safely by millions of consumers every day”.
And the same group says that in the year 2015 they participated in the setting of voluntary safety ideals for laundry packets which include needful safety latches on packages, dense packaging (instead of clear), and adding a nasty film to outside of packets.
The producer, Procter & Gamble, is currently developing harder-to-open packaging and enhanced warning labels and said that “Our brand of laundry detergent packets, Tide Pods, was initially sold in clear, plastic, round containers”.
Procter & Gamble said in a statement to NBC News that “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life among people with dementia,” they further said that after that nothing is ‘formally collaborating” with the Alzheimer’s Association for the past year to prevent such accidents.
The ACI also recommended caregivers of the adults who are suffering from dementia to store all cleaning products under lock and key. But that is not all or enough for safety believers.
James Dickerson, Ph.D. chief scientific officer at the Consumer Reports said in their article “Family members caring for anyone who is cognitively impaired not keep pods in the home”.
He added further that “We should continue to believe that manufacturers should modify the appearance of laundry packets, so they do not look like candy”.