Procter & Gamble and Tide Detergent: Protect kids from toxic laundry pods
  • Petitioning Kirk L. Perry

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President –Global Family Care, P&G
Kirk L. Perry
Anne Candido
Sarah Pasquinucci
Glenn Williams
Global Brand Building Officer
Marc S. Pritchard
Global Corporate Communication & Reputation
Mandy Wagner
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
A.G. Lafley

Procter & Gamble and Tide Detergent: Protect kids from toxic laundry pods

    1. Erica Johnson
    2. Petition by

      Erica Johnson

      Chicago, IL

On September 13th, as I was doing my family's laundry, my 15-month-old grandson bit into a Tide Detergent Pod he mistook for candy and nearly died. He began to go into respiratory distress, and became lethargic. He became violently ill almost immediately with severe vomiting and diarrhea, and was rushed to the emergency room where he was thankfully saved. I learned shortly after that over 5,700 children across the country have become dangerously ill from mistaking these types of laundry pods as a brightly colored, edible treat.

Now I'm asking Tide to stop making laundry pods look like children's candy so this doesn't happen to other families.

The pods are designed to attract consumers, but to many kids, the bright colors and bite-size chemicals are easily confused as something edible like candy. And while Tide does have a warning that the pods may be harmful just like other detergents, they know that’s misleading as it understates the real risk. Tide markets these pod products as being unique compared to other detergent formulas specifically because of the concentrated power of the chemicals inside and the fact that they dissolve as soon as getting wet -- whether by water or child’s saliva. That’s why pods like these are so toxic and sicken children by the hundreds every single week.

Tide knows there is a problem, but I think they need to take additional steps to show real results, not just cover themselves from lawsuits. In July, they announced more safety warnings to their packaging including a label on the top resealable container, but the problem is that actual pods still look like candy to a toddler outside of the package. And the way so many people transport these pods when going outside of the home to the laundromat or machines downstairs in the basement of the apartment building is not in the bulky container.

Tide must know this since it’s one of the biggest reasons customers use the pods instead of carrying around big containers of powder or liquid detergent! They need to add an extra layer of wrapping on each individual pod so they’re safer to transport once out of the store container.

I know Change.org is a great place for consumers like us to come together to win campaigns. There was even one that got Tide to stop using a carcinogen as an ingredient in some detergents! I believe that with enough support from consumers and parents concerned for their families' safety, Tide will listen and change their detergent pod packaging to look less like candy by adding an extra layer of protection around each pod and more clear warnings to reflect the real risk these pods have been proven to carry. Will you join me by signing my petition?

To:
Kirk L. Perry, President –Global Family Care, P&G
Anne Candido
Sarah Pasquinucci
Glenn Williams
Marc S. Pritchard, Global Brand Building Officer
Mandy Wagner, Global Corporate Communication & Reputation
A.G. Lafley, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Please make the real, unique dangers of laundry pods very clear and add a layer of protective packaging around each pod.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 3,500 new cases despite aggressive changes to packaging.

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      So far in 2014, poison control centers have received nearly 3,500 calls concerning children who came in contact with the single-load packets. Consumer Reports has called on all manufacturers to develop adequate child-safe packaging and prominent warning labels. Companies should also explore other safety measures, including individually wrapping these products to eliminate potentially fatal accidental ingestion.

    2. If you're a parent who uses laundry pods, share your story

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Sales of laundry detergent pods have climbed steadily since they went mainstream in early 2012. But so have the number of pod-related exposures to children age 5 or younger. So far in 2014, poison control centers have received nearly 3,500 calls concerning children who came in contact with the single-load packets. And the highly-concentrated detergents can cause severe symptoms, including excessive vomiting, lethargy, and gasping. In some cases, victims stopped breathing and required ventilation support.

      Consumer Reports has called on all manufacturers to develop adequate child-safe packaging and prominent warning labels. Companies should also explore other safety measures, including individually wrapping these products to eliminate accidental ingestion.

      source: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/05/safety-risks-of-laundry-detergent-pods/index.htm

      Laundry Detergent Pods | Child safety - Consumer Reports News - Consumer Reports News

      Find Ratings Sales of laundry detergent pods have climbed steadily since they went mainstream in early 2012. But so have the number of pod-related exposures to children age 5 or younger. So far in 2014, poison control centers have received nearly 3,500 calls concerning children who came in contact with the single-load packets.

    3. Another ER visit for Dakari

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Dakari continues to have good days and bad ones. Currently he is suffering from yet another respiratory infection. He has to receive nebulizer treatments every 6 hours. Can you imagine?? Dakari will see the lung specialist in Dec. Dakari isnt alone. Thousands of children who have come in contact with this product suffers the same fate. Please help me urge Procter & Gamble to change the way these dangerous products are being packaged, by individually wrapping these pods. I believe this is the only way to prevent accidents like these from happening to our children.

      https://www.facebook.com/TidePodsToxic

      Procter & Gamble: Protect our kids from toxic laundry pods

      Procter & Gamble: Protect our kids from toxic laundry pods. 81 likes · 1 talking about this. I believe that with enough support from consumers and parents concerned for their families' safety, Tide will listen and change their detergent pod packaging to look less like candy by adding an extra layer of protection around each pod and more clear warnings to reflect the real danger these pods have been proven to carry.

    4. Reached 35,000 signatures
    5. The shelter hands out laundry detergent packets individually to residents

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Dr. Cynthia Lewis-Younger, medical director of the Florida Poison Information Center of Tampa, said problems with the detergent pods are very recent. "The novelty of the problem means that there are not solid numbers on how many children have been harmed significantly, "but we know it's a lot more than we would get with ordinary laundry detergents," Lewis-Younger said." http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-babys-death-highlights-danger-laundry-detergent-pods/story?id=19982495

      Simply, if these pods were individually wrapped, this tragedy would not have happened. Please help me urge P&G and Tide to take additional measure to keep our children safe.

      Florida Baby's Death Highlights Danger of Laundry Detergent Pods

      The death of a Florida infant after he ate a laundry detergent pod highlights the potential dangers of the packets. The baby boy, who police said was less than a year old, was a resident at a battered women's shelter in Kissimmee, Fla. The shelter hands out laundry detergent packets individually to residents, according to police.

    6. New Movement to Change the Packaging of Detergent Pods

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer
      New Movement to Change the Packaging of Detergent Pods

      We move on next because we reported here about the concern over those detergent pods, brightly colored pellets that look so much like candy and kids can't tell the difference. They've made a lot of... See More

    7. Grandmother petitions demands changes to Tide detergent pods

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer
      Homewood grandmother demands changes to Tide detergent pods

      October 8, 2013 (HOMEWOOD, Ill.) (WLS) -- A suburban grandmother whose grandson was hospitalized after mistaking laundry pods for candy is taking on the manufacturer. She started a petition demanding Proctor & Gamble change the way those pods are packaged.

    8. Minnesota family Shares Nightmare

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer
      Hitterdal child falls ill after chewing on single-load detergent packet

      Updated 10-02-2013 (11:36 am) FARGO - A 1-year-old Hitterdal, Minn., boy is being treated at Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo after chewing on a laundry detergent packet that his family believes had insufficient packaging to protect children.

    9. Maryland Family Shares Nightmare

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer
      Maryland family shares detergent pod nightmare after child eats one

      Detergent pods have been big trouble for families across the country. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the dangers of children getting a hold of them and ingesting them. The Lankford family found Tide Pods easy to use and convenient. Then, they had the scare of their life.

    10. Chgo Grandmom takes on P&G over Tide pod packaging

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer
      Chicago grandmother takes on Procter & Gamble Co. over Tide Pods packaging

      CINCINNATI - Erica Johnson understands those who say it's a parent's fault when a child is poisoned by single-load laundry packages. "I was one of those people," she said. But then her 15-month-old grandson, Dakari, popped a Tide Pods laundry packet in his mouth before she could react to prevent it.

    11. Another baby fighting for his life...

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer
      Family looks to change look of Pods after baby is hospitalized

      Family looks to change look of Pods after baby is hospitalized Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 6:36 PM EST Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 6:36 PM EST A 1-year-old boy from Hitterdahl, Minnesota is fighting for his life after swallowing a laundry detergent pod.His family says it's time for a change.

    12. P&G Changes Tide Pods Packaging to Look Less Like Candy, sufficient?

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Procter & Gamble Co. is making further changes to the packaging of its Tide Pods laundry-detergent pouches, as reports of young children accidentally ingesting small packets of concentrated detergent continue to climb.

      Last year, following reports that some children were mistaking the colorful detergent pods for candy, P&G added a double-latch lid to the tubs, making them more difficult for children to open. The additional steps suggest those moves may not have been adequate.

      Some 4,868 children ages five and younger were exposed to single-load laundry-detergent packets in the first half of 2013, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.That compares with reports of 6,216 exposures to highly concentrated laundry-detergent packets over the course of 2012.

      Poison centers report some children who put the pouches into their mouths had "excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping," according to the association.

    13. My take on who's to blame (Part 2 of 2)

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      cont'd

      I have spoken with Tide on the phone, and I do believe they are listening to this idea that so many thousands of consumers support. Parents and family members should be careful, but when so many thousands of children are getting sick there has to be intervention. If there were protective packaging around each pod, so that they are safe while they are being transported outside of the container, this would not happen to another child. I appreciate everyone's support and hope it continues.

      Sincerely,

      Erica Johnson

      Kids Poisoned by Eating Delicious-Looking Laundry Pods

      Alexandra Scranton Director of Science and Research If you were a kid... Would you know the difference? For any busy parent, there are at least two things you are overly familiar with: Laundry (and lots of it) Getting distracted from the task at hand by your kids And when these two things coincide-you get distracted from that load of laundry because one child is suddenly crying-risks abound from the detergent you inadvertently left on top of the washer.

    14. My take on who's to blame (Part 1 of 2)

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Some are saying that the families are to blame for these poisoning tragedies that hurt thousands of our little ones a year. That's not a constructive way to look at things as we're not here to judge each other. I am not trying to place blame on anyone (including Tide), I want to work together with Tide to protect children because I know they want to do the right thing.

      What I'm saying is that these highly concentrated chemicals look like pieces of candy. That clear layer on the outside of the pods is actually a quick dissolving film, not any sort of protection. And many of us are not fortunate enough to have a washer in our apartments or homes, so it is the convenience of these pods that we appreciate taking them out of the bins and putting them in our laundry baskets as we head to the machines while supervising our children.

      Kids Poisoned by Eating Delicious-Looking Laundry Pods

      Alexandra Scranton Director of Science and Research If you were a kid... Would you know the difference? For any busy parent, there are at least two things you are overly familiar with: Laundry (and lots of it) Getting distracted from the task at hand by your kids And when these two things coincide-you get distracted from that load of laundry because one child is suddenly crying-risks abound from the detergent you inadvertently left on top of the washer.

    15. Reached 30,000 signatures
    16. Grandmother petitions for safer tide pod after toddler poison scare.

      Erica Johnson
      Petition Organizer
      Grandmother's petition seeks changes to laundry pods

      Laundry detergent pods may be a convenience, but the brightly colored packets can be dangerously appealing to children. So far in 2013, poison control centers around the country have received over 6,000 reports of exposure to the concentrated laundry cleaners from children aged 5 and younger, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

    17. Reached 25,000 signatures

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    • Ericka Miller ARCANUM, OH
      • 7 days ago

      Us Eric/ka's stick together and these children need our help.

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    • Theresa Usry LOMBARD, IL
      • 7 days ago

      MORE PLASTIC FOR JUNK PRODUCTS INSANE OUR WORLD IS FLOODED WITH PLASTIC JUNK= DESTROYING MARINE LIFE NOT ALL TOWNS RECYCLE TIDE SO THANK YOU CORPORATE =FDA PLASTIC FOR MAKING THE PROBLEM AND DOING NOTHING TO FIX IT. MARINE LIFE SHOULD SUE YOU AND ALL LIKE YOU.

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    • Deb Henry LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES
      • 9 days ago

      I have a 5 year old who has picked one up & squeezed it into his eye. Even at 5 a child's curiosity can and is toxic!

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      • 19 days ago

      I have a small child. This could have happened to me.

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    • lori mcelmoyle READVILLE, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      have three children..my youngest is two.

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