“Manufacturers of liquid laundry detergent packets are very committed to reducing the number of incidents with these products, which are used safely by millions of consumers every day.
“Data analyzed in the research letter examined accidents prior to the issuance of a voluntary safety standard for liquid laundry packets. That consensus standard, published in December 2015 by the standards-setting body ASTM International, contains a strong set of package and product design interventions supported by science and research, and directly addresses the recommendations made by the letter’s authors.
“It is important to note that, by the end of 2016, more than 99 percent of the volume of liquid laundry packets being shipped to retailers were in compliance with the ASTM standard. ASTM International has a process in place to examine data from 2017 (post-standard) to determine the impact of these measures on the rate of accidents.”