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Nov 30, 2009 7:05 AM by Bethany Tucker

Tabs on aluminum cans still pose hazard, study says

Thirty years after makers of aluminum cans changed the tabs to prevent them from being swallowed by children, a new study finds the problem remains.

Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Center say tabs on beverage cans are still unsafe. Although the tabs are designed to stay attached to the can after opening, the study finds they are still easy to remove and cite 19 cases of children's swallowing them from 1993 to 2009 at one hospital alone.

Most of the cases involved teenagers. While most were resolved without surgery, the sharp edges of the tabs can cause internal injuries.

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