Remove Laundry Detergent Pods From Grocery Shelves

Target: Marcia K. Larkins, D.V.M., FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Ombudsman

Goal: Remove laundry detergent pods from the market until they are safe.

Laundry detergent pods are poisonous to your dogs and cats. The ASPCA reports it receives notifications of injuries and/or death to pets annually via its Poison Control Center. The society warns that the pods are not only poisonous to your pet if ingested. They can also cause upper airway irritation and pneumonia should your animal aspirate vomit filled with pod substance. This alongside the poison from the pods can kill your dog or cat.

The detergent industry claims it is making the pods safer, but we shouldn’t stand by while these poisonous items remain on consumer shelves for purchase. Demand the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Ombudsman remove these toxic pods from grocery shelves. Your dog or cat’s life may depend on it.


Dear Ombudsman Larkins,

I am writing out of concern over the recent ASPCA press release that laundry detergent pods are poisonous to animals. It has already been established that these convenience items are dangerous to children. Now, the ASPCA reports that it receives notifications of severe animal illness and death via its Poison Control Center annually, and we must do something to remove these dangerous items from grocery market shelves.

The detergent industry is supposedly making these pods safer, but why are the dangerous pods being sold in the meantime? It is inexcusable to keep something proven to harm animals and children on consumer shelves, and I demand that you take the steps to remove laundry detergent pods from grocers until a safer alternative is produced.


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