April 20, 2015
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) is has introduced the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety (PACS) Act to help ensure that the single-serve detergent packs will no longer threaten children’s safety. The legislation includes the following provisions:
- Direction to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue safety rules within the next 18 months aimed at protecting children under five years of age from the risks of injury or illness caused by exposure to liquid detergent packets
- The creation of stronger, safer policies regarding special child-resistant packaging on the outer container and special design and color restrictions to make the pods less attractive to children
- The inclusion of adequately clear warning labels stating the consequences of exposure and severity of hazards, as well as how to avoid injury
The Act was proposed to address more than 1,700 reports received by CPSC, and over 17,000 reports received by poison centers across the United States, and possibly two deaths in relation to children being poisoned by these detergents.