Posts Tagged ‘products’

Laundry Detergent “Pods” Pose Danger For Kids

This issue has been in the news lately. Sharing a recent article about the dangers associated with laundry “pods”.

Rise in Kids Eating Laundry Detergent “Pods”
That Look Like Candy

by Lisa Collier Cool / Yahoo Health
Sweet-smelling and colorful, but toxic, single-use laundry detergent packs or “pods” are causing a rising rate of poisoning in kids who confuse them for candy. In the past 72 hours alone, nine childhood poisonings of toddlers (typical age 23 months) have been reported to the California Poison Control System (CPCS).

Richard Geller, MD, MPH—Medical Director, California Poison Control System, Children’s Hospital, Madera—reports that accidental poisonings linked to detergent pods are becoming increasingly frequent, with 82 cases in California through the end of May. Nationally, at least 250 cases have been reported to poison control centers this year, most of them since March when the products began to hit grocery store shelves.

All of the latest childhood poisonings required emergency evaluation and treatment, with six of them linked to Tide Pods, two to Purex Ultra Packs, and one to All Mighty Paks. So far, no deaths have been reported, but nationally, a number of kids have required hospitalization—sometimes on ventilators—for several days after eating detergent pods.

All of those kids are now out of the hospital, with no long-term health problems or complications reported. Typically their symptoms cleared up in one week or less. Other pod-poisoning cases were successfully treated at home, with the parents following advice from poison control centers, or the kids were evaluated and treated in emergency rooms without the need for a hospital stay. Read the rest of this entry »

Recalls (June 2012)

Here is a great poster you can print out and post of the Children’s Product Recalls for June 2012. It would be great if child care locations, doctor’s offices, and retail shops posted this information.

For the printable full size pdf: Recall_Digest_06121



Kids In Danger, WeMakeIt Safer Join Forces to Make Recall Info Mobile

Just came across this new mobile site. Thought I would share…


Kids In Danger, WeMakeItSafer Join Forces to Make Recall Info Mobile

The mobile Recall Finder, along with the full-site version, is now available to all website owners in the Publisher Tools section.

KID announces the release of its new mobile website feauturing Recalled Product Search powered by WeMakeItSafer.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 24, 2012   Today, Kids In Danger (KID) announces the release of its new mobile website. The new site, accessible by visiting from any mobile device, combines the life-saving information of the KID desktop website with WeMakeItSafer’s powerful Recalled Product Search application.

For both organizations, making product safety and recall information more accessible is a key component to their missions. Working together to bring a comprehensive, user-friendly Recall Search app to consumers, wherever they may be, was a natural fit.

“When we began the research and development for WeMakeItSafer back in 2007, KID was the only organization addressing the problems associated with getting product recall information into the hands of consumers,” said Jennifer Toney, CEO of WeMakeItSafer. “We have tremendous respect for KID’s work and were honored when they asked to use our technology for their new mobile site.”

The purpose of incorporating the recall search into the mobile website was to ensure parents can access information about recalled products on the go, for example, when they are shopping at garage sales or flea markets.

“We chose WeMakeItSafer to power our search because, unlike other recall search applications, WeMakeItSafer has the technology to capture all of the CPSC recalls,” explained Nancy Cowles, KID’s Executive Director. “We wanted to make sure site visitors could rely on our search results.” Read the rest of this entry »

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