At least four children in Minnesota have been sickened from ingesting packets of Mystical Fire, whose packaging resembles a candy wrapper
WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urging it to take action to protect children from the hazard presented by Mystical Fire flame colorants, which are intended to be thrown into campfires to change the colors of the flames. While the packaging warns adults to keep the product away from children, the packets contain the toxic colorant copper sulfate and strongly resemble the wrappers of popular candy. To date, at least four children in Minnesota have been sickened from ingesting these chemicals, but the CPSC has not issued any warnings about the product.
“In light of the recent poisonings, I am concerned that the packaging of Mystical Fire is insufficient to keep children from ingesting its contents. I urge you to evaluate the packaging and work with manufacturers to ensure that it adequately prevents children from accessing its contents,” Klobuchar wrote in the letter.
As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Klobuchar has been a leader in the fight to strengthen consumer protections. Earlier this month, Klobuchar introduced legislation to improve transparency and customer service standards for air travel. The Air Travel Ticketing Transparency and Protection Act would create minimum customer service standards for the purchase of air fares and related passenger air transportation services. In 2016, Klobuchar led the push to implement stronger warnings against the dangers of ingesting laundry detergents like Tide Pods. After efforts by Klobuchar, including support of the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act, manufacturers, the CPSC, and consumer advocates worked together to create the new voluntary safety standard to reduce the risk of accidental exposure.
Also in 2016, after urging from Klobuchar following reports of IKEA Malm dressers falling and killing children, the CPSC and IKEA announced a recall of all Malm dressers and a stop to their sale until safety precautions had been put in place. Klobuchar also introduced legislation to protect children from tipping furniture. Additionally, Klobuchar has advocated for consumer safety through supporting the installation of smart phone ‘kill switches,’ limiting the amount of lead used in toys, and ensuring safe pool drains.
The full text of the letter can be found below:
Dear Acting Chairman Buerkle,
I write to urge the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to take action to protect children from the hazard presented by Mystical Fire flame colorant.
Mystical Fire comes in small packets that are meant to be thrown directly into a campfire to change the color of the flames. The packets contain the colorant copper sulfate that can cause vomiting, burns and organ failure if ingested. While the packaging warns adults to keep the product away from children, the packets strongly resemble the wrappers of a popular candy. At least four toddlers in Minnesota have been sickened after ingesting the product.
In light of the recent poisonings, I am concerned that the packaging of Mystical Fire is insufficient to keep children from ingesting its contents. I urge you to evaluate the packaging and work with manufacturers to ensure that it adequately prevents children from accessing its contents.
I look forward to your prompt response on what actions the CPSC will take to protect children from poisoning.