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Plunket backs call on child resistant packaging

26 January 2005

Plunket backs call on child resistant packaging

Plunket is supporting the call by Safekids New Zealand for automatic dishwasher powders to be supplied only in child resistant containers.

"We are concerned at the number of cases of dishwasher powder poisonings and support Safekids in its bid to have dishwasher detergent containers meet New Zealand standards for child resistant packaging," says Sue Campbell, Plunket's National Child Safety Adviser.

"Dishwasher powder, if swallowed, will cause nasty burns to the throat and airways. All too often, dishwasher powder containers are left under the kitchen sink and within easy reach of young children.

"While Plunket staff constantly reinforce the safety message about poisoning in the home, the Society is keen to work with other key agencies to ensure the message is clearly heard - always keep dishwasher powder out of the reach of young children," says Sue Campbell.

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