P&G recalls millions of detergent bags due to ‘risk of serious injury’

BREAKING: The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reporting this morning that Procter and Gamble is recalling 8.2 million bags of Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets packaged in flexible film bags due to risk of serious injury if the containers split open.

The hazard notice advises that “the outer packaging meant to prevent access to the contents can split open near the zipper track, posing a risk of serious injury to children and other vulnerable populations if the contents of the laundry detergent packets are ingested, as well as posing a risk of skin or eye injuries.

“Ingestion of a large quantity of any surfactant-containing household cleaning products can cause death among individuals with underlying health issues,” according to the report.

The recall applies to 12 to 39 laundry detergent packets sold in the United States and manufactured between September 2023 and February 2024, along with more than 56,000 items sold in Canada.

“No confirmed cases directly relating to this packaging defect” have been reported, according to the company, although it has received four reports of children in the United States accessing the liquid laundry packets, three of which reported ingestion during the time period that the recalled lots were sold. However, “it is not known if these laundry packets came from recalled bags,” it said.

The company advises consumers to “immediately secure the recalled bags out of sight and reach of children and contact Procter & Gamble for a full refund and a free replacement child-resistant bag to store the product.”

Consumers also can receive a cabinet lock for securing laundry materials, it says. 

Consumers should check to see if their bag is part of the recall by checking the lot code on their bag, company representatives advise.  Recalled lot codes are listed at https://tinyurl.com/P-G-Detergent-Recall and are found on the bottom of the package.  Consumers with recalled bags can submit a photo of the recalled product, showing the lot code to participate in the recall.

Further information also is available at https://tinyurl.com/CPSC-P-G-Detergent-Recall.