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Laundry Detergent Pods

Since 2012, single-use laundry detergent products from multiple manufacturers have been available to the United States market. These products consist of small, brightly colored “pods” or packs with a core of concentrated liquid laundry detergent surrounded by a water-soluble membrane. They are designed to release their contents within a washing machine when exposed to water in the cycle; however, precipitous release of their contents can occur when they come into contact with any moisture; for example, when they encounter saliva, a moist hand, or are compressed or punctured. Their bright color and attractive appearance have caused many to mistake laundry detergent pods (LDPs) for candy, resulting in significant exposures, especially in children. 

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