U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has proposed, in a letter to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chair Inez Tenenbaum that the Commission “increase safety requirements for dishwashing and laundry detergent pods after the skyrocketing number of cases of children consuming these pods.” According to Schumer, the products are sold highly concentrated in colorful packets that make them attractive to children. When consumed by children, who purportedly mistake them for candy, the products induce vomiting, drowsiness and respiratory problems requiring hospital treatment in severe cases. Nearly 3,000 children younger than 5 in the United States have reportedly been sickened by swallowing the pods. Schumer suggests that child-resistant packaging and more prominent warning labels be considered to address the issue. See Senator Charles Schumer Press Release, September 10, 2012.