Cost of single-serve coffee pods adds up

Cost of single-serve coffee pods adds up

Single-serve coffeemakers are one of the hottest gifts of the season, so there’s a good chance that you or someone you know will give or get one. These so-called pod machines are certainly convenient, but the cost of replenishing the pods varies from one type of machine to another, and some types have very limited coffee options. Although some coffeemakers accept more than one type of pod, most of those in our tests do not. So before you buy a single-serve coffeemaker or … (read more)

Buying a single-serve coffeemaker? Count the cost of the pods

Buying a single-serve coffeemaker? Count the cost of the pods

Single-serve coffeemakers are one of the hottest gifts of the season so there’s a good chance that you or someone you know will give one or get one. These so-called pod machines are certainly convenient but the cost of replenishing the pods varies from one type of machine to another and some types have very limited coffee options. Although some coffeemakers accept more than one type of pod, most of those in our tests did not. So before you … (read more)

Tide Pods dominate the single-dose detergent market

Tide Pods dominate the single-dose detergent market

Single-use laundry detergent packs have been called an emerging public health hazard by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Last month, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a safety alert for the packs, calling them harmful to children. Those warnings have done little to squash demand for Tide Pods, which are projected to earn $ 500 million in first-year sales for Procter & Gamble.

To put those earnings in context, only one in five new consumer-packaged-goods launched in 2001 earned … (read more)

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods

CPSC issues safety alert for single-use laundry pods

Safety concerns over single-use laundry detergents pods escalated again today with an official alert from the Consumer Products Safety Commission advising parents and caregivers to lock up these products and keep them away from children. In September, Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, wrote the CPSC urging its staff to investigate the matter and consider stricter regulations.

Today’s action by the CSPC stops short of our requests, though it underscores the dangers posed by … (read more)

Detergent pods an emerging public health hazard, says CDC

Detergent pods an emerging public health hazard, says CDC

A report released today by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what we’ve known for some time: that exposure to single-use laundry detergent pods is an “emerging public health hazard in the United States,” with young children being most vulnerable.

The CDC report is based on an analysis of data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Of the 1,008 laundry detergent exposures reported between May 17 and June 17 of this year, … (read more)