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ACI Responds to Laundry Packet Report

January 22, 2013

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and its manufacturer members remain very concerned about reported cases involving children accidentally ingesting laundry detergent packets, according to the Institute.

“Children’s safety and the safety of all who use our products remains a top priority,” ACI expressed in a statement, noting that manufacturers are closely examining incident reports and other details associated with these reports to better understand the circumstances involved.

ACI has been in regular contact with poison control centers and safety officials and is cooperating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission as it gathers information on the reported incidents. It added that the organization welcomes information in the new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provide additional data and perspective on a number of the reported incidents.

Awareness-raising initiatives are imperative, contends ACI, including messages in TV commercials, on-line advertising, print advertising, signage in retail stores, and information on product websites, along with “keep out of reach of children” icons on product packaging.

“Re-emphasizing the safe and proper use of laundry detergent packets is paramount, as these products are used every week by millions of consumers. They provide the convenience of a premeasured quantity of detergent, making it easier for busy parents and caregivers to do home laundry. They also help consumers who are visually impaired or may experience limited physical dexterity,” said ACI in its statement.

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