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Laundry pods prompt calls to WA poison center

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KENNEWICK, Wash., -- The Washington State Poison Center has seen an increase in calls about kids getting sick by eating washing machine detergent pods.

Kids easily confuse the pods with candy and they pose a major threat to their health if eaten.

The center has already received 16 calls about children eating the pods this year, compared to zero last year.

Operators get 75,000 calls a year, more than half are about children under the age of six.

"There have been a few reported cases of people developing difficulty breathing or even having seizures; those have been rare," says Benton Franklin Health District Officer Dr. Amy Person.  "Primarily there's been a lot of vomiting associated with that and with that there's some risk of choking."

Health officials recommend putting the pods high enough away from children or using child-proof cabinet locks.

If ingested, call the Washington Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.