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P&G to add latches to make detergent packs safer

DALLAS — The maker of Tide Pods will create a new double-latch lid to deter children from opening and eating the brightly colored detergent packets, a company spokesman said Friday.

Procter & Gamble spokesman Paul Fox said the company plans to create a new lid on tubs of Tide Pods ‘‘in the next couple of weeks.’’ The company continues to study the design of the package, Fox said.

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Doctors say children sometimes swallow Tide Pods and similar laundry products, packets that are meant to be dropped into a washing machine in place of liquid or powder detergent. Nearly 250 cases nationally have been reported to poison control centers this year, a figure that’s expected to rise. No deaths have been reported.

Almost all the cases so far have been reported since March, when several companies began to market the packets. A handful of children have been hospitalized.

Spokesmen for other detergent-makers did not immediately say if they also planned changes. Sun Products Corp., which makes Mighty Pacs sold under the All brand name, is evaluating its packaging, a spokeswoman said. Henkel Consumer Goods, which distributes Purex Ultrapacks, and Church & Dwight, which makes OxiClean and Arm & Hammer packs, declined to say if changes were planned.

Associated Press

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