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Never store non-food items in food containers by California Poison Control

March 10, 2013


Dr. Richard Geller, a medical director for the California Poison Control System based at the Children’s Hospital, in Madera, CA joins eHealth Radio & the Health News Channel to talk about how you should never store non-food items in food containers.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Richard Geller discuss the following:

  • Tell us about the problem regarding people putting non food items into food containers.  I understand that a couple of recent poisonings where people had ingested glass etching fluid, which is clear like water but can be fatal, because it was in a drinking glass. Glass etching fluid, tire cleaner and one other thing all have the same toxic chemical in it.
  • Is this common?
  • What other non – food products are commonly switched into non food containers?
  • What should parents know about this problem.
  • What if someone suspects they have been poisoned – who should they call or where should they go?


About California Poison Control System You can learn more about a variety of poison issues by following CPCS on Facebook at and on Twitter @poisoninfo.  Sign up for weekly safety text messages to your cell phone by texting TIPS to 69866; and download a free iPhone app, Choose Your Poison, at

CPCS is dedicated to providing California residents with the most up-to-date information and 24-hour help in case of poisoning. In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers should immediately call 1-800-222-1222 for advice. Specially trained pharmacists, nurses, physicians and poison information providers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. In most cases, a poison exposure can be safely managed in your home, avoiding a call to 911 or a visit to a crowded hospital emergency department. Many parents think about contacting the poison control services only in case of an emergency, but experts are available to answer questions any time.


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