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.
another point i would like to make is that not all of the recalled toys have been pulled from shelves. I work a Toy's R us and the above mention thomas and friends train table is still on the shelves. I sell about 5 or 6 of these train tables a day. another thing is in the stock room there are 5 or six pallets filled with recalled merchandise, and almost daily another recall letter reaches the manager's. another thing i will add before i'm finished, when we get a shipment and i have to unload the truck every box i see is made in china. not a single one is ever made in canada or made in u.s.a all china.
Why don't the American companies who have their products produced by CHINA, bring their production back to America and STOP allowing them to poison and kill people in the process.
It just might create jobs here in America.
Gee, what a concept!
When was the last time you read a label that said, "made in the USA?"
Obviously, these companies prefer to use cheap labor to increase their revenue and, apparently, producing safe products that don't kill is not China's main concern. Their main concern is cutting costs for these companies and so, too, is that the main concern of the American companies who allow China to produce their products without any oversight as far as safety is concerned.
First of all, China is also poisoning their own people with their own products. They have very little in the way of consumer protection laws, etc. And since over 50% oftheir manufacturing is owned by the Chinese military, they are not about to crack down too hard.
As to bringing all of that production back to the USA. It's a brilliant idea.
The USA used to manufacture all of their own radios, televisions, microwave ovens, etc, etc. But the consumers CHOSE to purchase cheaper products made overseas. Gradually, the American companies went out of business, or sold out to foreigh manufacturers. So, today there are no televisions, no radios, no stereos, no microwaves, etc. manufactured in the USA with the one exception of Bose products (which are very, very expensive).
RCA is owned by a French company, Zenith no longer exists, and so on and so on.
Just try to get the consumer to "Buy American". They won't do it.
And we simply can not produce most products as cheaply as they can be made in foreign countries, and then be shipped to us.
The American car companies can not compete because their labor costs are 40% higher than the labor costs of the foreign companies. The American companies pay tens of thousands of people full salaries, that are not working. The Unions say, "we made wage concessions". Yes they did, for FUTURE employees, but not for anyone employed now. So, in 25-30 years, the wage structure will be the same for the American companies, if they still exist. I doubt if any of them will still be around by then.
Sadly, the American workers have priced all too many of their products right out of the market. And with the democrats in charge of congress, the wages will just go higher and higher, making the problem worse and worse.