Prevent Iron Poisonings

The U.S. makers of iron supplements and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have joined in a publicity campaign urging adults to help protect young children from accidental ingestion of iron supplements. As part of the program, iron supplement manufacturers independently have agreed to develop new voluntary warning labels for these products.

Iron supplementation is essential for many people, especially women of childbearing age, but iron is also the number one cause of fatal poisonings among U.S. children under three. A key problem is adults who don't take the necessary measures to prevent iron poisonings.

"We want people to remember two things," said CPSC Chairman Jacqueline Jones-Smith. "One, re-close the child-resistant package -- every time, and two, keep the product out of the reach of children -- all of the time."

Souce: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, September 27, 1993

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