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ACE Responds to Report About Decline in Laundry Packet Exposures

Washington, DC – The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) issued the following response to a recent report from the journal Pediatrics which showed that exposure to liquid laundry detergent packets among children under the age of six has decreased since 2015.

“Accident rates due to laundry packet exposure among children under six have declined 53 percent. This decrease is the result of manufacturer led changes,” said Beth Ludwick, Executive Director of ACE. "Additionally, hospital admission rates due to laundry packet exposure for children under six years old have declined by more than 50 percent." 

In 2015, a broad coalition of manufacturers, consumer groups and regulatory bodies came together to develop packaging and labeling changes that focused on safe use and storage of laundry detergent packets. The resulting product safety standards were approved by ASTM International, the highly respected standards-setting body.

Government bodies, NGOs, non-profits and industry groups, like The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Prevent Childhood Injury, Safe Kids Worldwide and the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) Packets Up campaign, all share educational information about liquid laundry detergent packets, laundry safety and how to prevent ingestions.

“This educational video from Safe Kids Worldwide is just one example of how groups are working together to build public awareness and prevent injury,” said Ludwick.

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The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation founded in 2000. ACE works to educate consumers about the correct use, storage and disposal of household and commercial products. ACE’s core program areas are Consumer Care, Health & Wellbeing and Inhalant Abuse Prevention. ACE is affiliated with the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA).

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