July 15th, 2012Health Canada warns consumers about detergent packs
On Thursday July 12th, Health Canada sent out an advisory to parents and caregivers about the dangers of miniature detergent packs. Health Canada is aware of incidents of children ingesting miniature laundry detergent packs after mistaking them for candy.
Laundry detergents are powerful cleaning products that may contain ingredients which can lead to harmful health effects upon ingestion. Children who swallow the detergent packs may experience a variety of serious symptoms including severe abdominal pain, vomiting, or breathing difficulty.
Due to the hazards they pose to young children, laundry detergent packs should be stored in a location where they cannot be found or swallowed.
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.