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P&G announces changes to Tide Pods laundry-detergent packaging

US-based consumer-goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) has announced packaging changes to its Tide Pods laundry-detergent pouches, owing to rising concerns over poisoning.

P&G will do away with transparent containers that resembled candy bowls and sell the single-use laundry pods in opaque plastic tubs and bags.

In 2012, the company introduced a double-latch lid to the tubs, making them difficult for children to open, following reports that they were mistaking the colorful detergent pods for candy jars.

P&G spokesman said since 2012, the plans for opaque packaging were in the works.

The pods are available with swirls of blue, orange and other bright colors making them resemble gumballs or jawbreakers. The detergent is enclosed in a film that dissolves in water and the chambers have the colored swirls consisting of chemicals.

According to the company, Tide Pods with redesigned packaging will be available on shelves starting this spring and summer, the company said.