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Poison Containers (Labelling)

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection if she will take steps to ensure that all household containers of poisonous substances are labelled with clear instructions for action to be taken if wrongly used.

Manufacturers of products which contain potentially harmful ingredients generally include on the labels warnings on hazards and advice about safe use. We are carrying out a study of poisoning accidents involving household products with a view to possible improvements in labelling requirements and I shall certainly bear the hon. Member's suggestion in mind. In emergencies of this nature, however, it is generally advisable to seek medical help immediately rather than lose time in attempts at first aid.