Just recently, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released a May 2017 bulletin about household product recalls that affect children and homes with children in the state of Wisconsin. These recalls were issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in April 2017 and not all recalls were picked up by local media representatives.
If your household has any of the following items and you have small children in the house, you should pay attention to the information listed and follow the recommended courses of action corresponding to each:
Tide pods are part of the latest trend in laundry detergent. The tiny pods are filled with brightly colored, highly concentrated liquid detergents that effectively clean clothes without the need to measure, pour, or spill detergent from bulky, heavy, traditional bottles and boxes. Cleanliness and convenience make Tide pods attractive to adults. But their small size and bright colors make them attractive and extremely dangerous to children.
Since their release in 2012, the amount of children handling and ingesting Tide pods has steadily increased. Their “candy-like” appearance causes children to be drawn to them and to want to eat them. Product manufacturers have made only minor attempts to solve this problem. More complicated outer packaging that is more difficult to open is emerging on store shelves, but absolutely nothing has been done to address the real issue: the design of the pods themselves.