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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.

    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.

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    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