OTTAWA, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ -
Health Canada is aware of incidents of children ingesting miniature
laundry detergent packs. The lightweight, colourful single use
detergent plastic packets dissolve in water. These brightly coloured
packets with their squishy texture are attractive to children.
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
Who is affected:
Consumers who use miniature laundry detergent packs.
What consumers should do:
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 should also exercise caution with dishwasher detergent packs
as they may pose the same risks. Children should not play with any
consumer chemical products.
All cleaning products, including laundry detergent packs, should be
stored in a locked cabinet or drawer and out of the reach of children.
A child safety latch is an appropriate alternative.
Keep the number of your local poison control centre number near the
In the event that your child has ingested any consumer chemical product,
contact your regional poison control centre. If your province or
territory does not have a poison control centre, dial 911.
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is working with the Canadian Association of Poison Control
Centres to gather information on incidents that may have been reported
to provincial poison control centres. The products involved in the
reported incidents are the subject of on-going review by Health Canada
to determine compliance with applicable regulations.
In Canada, consumer chemicals (such as household cleaners or automotive
products) fall under the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001 (CCCR, 2001) issued under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and must meet the
requirements of the Regulations. Consumer chemical products which do
not meet these regulatory requirements cannot be imported into,
advertised or sold in Canada. Should it be determined that additional
action is required to enhance the safety of these products, Health
Canada will advise Canadians.
For more information:
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.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health
Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report problems with consumer products:
Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or
safety incidents related to the use of a consumer product or cosmetic. An easy-to-use incident report form is now available on the Department's website.
Incident Report - Consumer Product Safety Directorate
123 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0K9
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