WSMH FOX 66 on Facebook WSMH FOX 66 Twitter WSMH FOX 66 RSS Feed WSMH FOX 66 Mailing List
 

FOX 66 News at Ten

WSMH FOX 66 :: News - News at Ten - Consumer Alert: Detergent dangers
Consumer Alert: Detergent dangers

A warning from local officials about dishwasher laundry detergent pods and how they could be putting your child in danger.


The Genesee County Health Department is sending out an alert to warn parents and caregivers. They say poison control centers around the country have received more than 75-hundred calls reporting cases of exposure this year alone, all of them involved children five and under.


These pods are soft and colorful and to children, they may look like candy.


Officials say these packets are causing more severe reactions in children than just regular laundry detergent.


Symptoms include excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping. Some kids have had problems so serious, they've needed a ventilator to help them breathe.


Officials with the health department say they are averaging 13 cases month.


If you use these pods, made by Tide and other companies, health officials urge you to keep them out of children's reach as the packaging label warns.


But if you suspect a child has come into contact with these laundry packets, call your local poison control center right away.


Poison control centers have received more than 9,500 reports of children five and under coming in contact with or swallowing pods since early 2012.


The first reported death came this past August, when a one-year-old died after swallowing one in Florida.


Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Consumer Alert: Detergent dangers

Friday, November 8 2013, 09:34 AM EST

National News Headlines

Gas to be under $3 for 1st time in 4 years: Why, what it means, and how it compares to milk
The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon.

Art or graffiti? Either way, removing paintings at National Parks is painstaking work
A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes.

NYPD's highest ranking black official quits instead of taking new post
The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities.

Lawsuit by Va. man challenging constitutionality of no-fly list survives state-secrets claim
A judge has rejected the federal government's effort to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the no-fly list on the grounds that the lawsuit would expose state secrets.

Autopsy pathologist rules death of Pitt researcher's wife a homicide by cyanide poisoning
An autopsy pathologist says the wife of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher was given a fatal dose of cyanide, though he can't determine how or by whom.

Crews begin work to recover Kansas airport victims
The bodies of four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport remained at the site Friday as authorities assessed what needed to be done to make the building safe to enter.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Explicit questions in the military's sexual-assault survey trigger complaints
Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about the military's new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete.

Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting suspect want judge to toss sanity exam
Defense attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shooting want a judge to toss out a report on his sanity.

Skulls found near witchcraft books at Connecticut transfer station, police say
The skulls of an older man and woman were found at a Connecticut waste transfer station near some books and videos on witchcraft and Satan, police said Friday.

Police investigate discovery of 2 human skulls in trash at Connecticut transfer station
The skulls of an older man and woman were found at a Connecticut waste transfer station near some books and videos on witchcraft and Satan, police said Friday.

News at Ten Stories

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix