Re: Why is China Poisoning Us with their Exports?
Aqua Dots, a highly popular holiday toy, has been pulled from shelves in North America and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into a powerful date rape drug when ingested.
The item, which had been heavily advertised, had appeared on many toy experts’ list of must-have holiday toys. Wal-Mart named it a top toy pick this holiday season.
Two children in the U.S. and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the beads.
The toys are called Bindeez in Australia, where they were named toy of the year at an industry function earlier this year.
It could not immediately be learned whether Aqua Dots beads are made in the same Chinese factories as the Bindeez product.
The toy beads are sold in general merchandise stores and over the Internet for use in arts and crafts projects. They can be arranged into designs and fused together when sprayed with water.
Scientists say a chemical coating on the beads, when ingested, metabolizes into the so-called date rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate. When eaten, the compound — made from common and easily available ingredients — can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.
The recall of 4.2 million packages of Aqua Dots in the U.S. was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday several hours after published reports about the recall in Australia.
In Australia, the toys were ordered off store shelves on Tuesday when officials learned that a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were hospitalized after swallowing the beads. A 19-month-old toddler also was being treated.
The news jolted the toy industry because Aqua Dots has been one of the few bright stars of the toy selling season, which, along with overall retailing, has gotten off to a sluggish start.
Details: (800) 622-8339 or www.aquadotsrecall.com.
405,000 toys pose lead danger
Meanwhile, a separate recall was announced for 405,000 children’s products made in China, most of them toy cars, because of dangerous levels of lead.
The recall includes about 380,000 Pull-Back Action Toy Cars imported by Dollar General Merchandising Inc. of Goodlettsville, Tenn., and 7,500 Dragster and Funny Car toys imported by International Sourcing Ltd. of Springfield, Mo.
Four of the recalled products were imported by Schylling Associates Inc. of Rowley, Mass., including the items Duck Family Collectable Wind-Up Toy, Dizzy Ducks Music Box, “Robot 2000” collectable tin robot and Winnie-the-Pooh Spinning Top.