Safety Warning: Laundry detergent pods still posing danger

CREATED Aug 17, 2013

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Washington, D.C. (KTNV) -- Another warning about a potential danger in your home: Those popular laundry detergent pods.

They look like candy and children may try to eat them.

They're now linked to the tragic death of a 7-month-old Florida boy, who died after apparently swallowing one of them.

Poison control centers received 6,200 calls involving children and the detergent pods last year alone.

More than 5,700 cases have already been reported this year.

Consumer groups have been calling for safety changes for more than a year.

Market leader Procter & Gamble makes the Tide pods. That was not the brand swallowed by the Florida infant, but P&G has changed its pod packaging anyway. They used to look like a candy jar and have now changed to a new orange opaque container with a triple latch.

The hope is the pods will stay out of little hands and mouths.

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