Millions of toys recalled; contain 'date rape' drug

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    Two U.S. children went into comas after who swallowing Chinese-made Aqua Dots found to contain a chemical that converts into 'date rape' drug when ingested.

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of Chinese-made toys have 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. Two children in the U.S. and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the beads.

    With only seven weeks until Christmas, the recall is yet another blow to the toy industry -- already bruised by a slew of recalls this past summer.

    In the United States, the toy goes by the name Aqua Dots, a highly popular holiday toy distributed by Toronto-based Spin Master Toys. They 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 factories as the Bindeez product. Both are sold by Australia-based Moose Enterprises.

    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.

    Naren Gunja from Australia's Poisons Information Center said the drug's effect on children was "quite serious ... and potentially life-threatening."

    The recall was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday several hours after published reports about the recall in Australia.

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    The two U.S. children who swallowed Aqua Dot beads went into nonresponsive comas, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said Wednesday afternoon.

    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. The item, which had been heavily advertised, had appeared on many toy experts' list of must-have holiday toys, and toy sellers are now in the midst of canceling advertising and scrambling to figure out how to replace it.

    Chris Byrne, a New York-based toy consultant, noted that the incidents could have been isolated, and Spin Master may be erring on the side of caution.

    "This is something that they could not have foreseen. This is an extremely hot toy. ... It's a little scary," Byrne said.

    In a statement, Toys "R" Us Inc., said that it issued on Tuesday a "stop sale" on the entire Spin Master Aqua Dots product line in its North American stores and on its Web site after it learned of the news. "We understand that Spin Master and U.S. regulatory authorities are investigating this product and we have asked Spin Master to fully explain what it believes happened," said the toy seller in a statement.

    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. The company recalled another 66,000 spinning tops Aug. 22.

    Representatives from Schylling Associates Inc. were not immediately available for comment.

    Wednesday's recalls include about 7,200 "Big Red" Wagons imported by Northern Tool & Equipment Co. of Burnsville, Minn. Totaling about 405,700, the recalled children's products all had excessive levels of lead in their surface paint.

    Although no illnesses connected to the toy car recall have been reported, lead is toxic if ingested by young children. Children's products found to have more than 0.06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall.


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    This is getting stupid. They really need to look at possible terrorist links. This is happening way to often to be an accident. First pet food and now toys.
     
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    Possible terrorist links? :eusa_eh:

    More like unscrupulous manufacturing practices and poor quality control to turn that bottom-line profit.
     
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    What the heck! I thought you righties loved the free market, is that not your economic god? Damn, next thing you'll be asking for is government regulation or some other bad liberal idea.
     
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    Agreed. And that's what happens when goods are outsourced to countries where there are no controls and our own inspection systems break down.
     
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    It all goes back to where a society that is based upon good values (like the good Christian values found in America) will promote healthy, decent business practices whereas a society without good values does not promote decent business practices.

    Americans need to realize that our country is much different than other countries. And when I say different, I mean better.

    We righties love the free market but one based upon good values. That's the basic difference between a conservative and leftists/libertarians. A conservative wants rules based upon good morals while a leftist/libertarian wants freedom without any moral code or responsibility.
     
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    You mean like Enron, Worldcom, or Arthur Anderson?
     
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    Don't be naive. Those companies are on the shitlist of America.
     
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    You mean Christian values like "every man for himself"? To hell with the poor, let them eat cake? Or good Christian values like "soldiers are dying because we don't kill gays"?

    Or good Christian values like "let's blow up all the Arabs"?

    Luckily, you aren't reflective of "Christian" anything. And I love the hypocrisy in people like you who talk about Christian values while fighting any effort at government control of things like product quality and environmental regulation.

    And we're only better if we act better.... you know, like not torturing people.
     
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    jillian, don't go off half-cocked with a bunch of meaningless sound bites...and in case you didn't know... "let them eat cake" went out of style way back in the French revolution.

    America is a Christian nation - it has been for over 200 years - and has become great because of its good Christian moral base. It has only been in the past 50 years that we are seeing a dissolution of those values via leftist propaganda and a corresponding unraveling of society and America. Americans as a whole have always supported good business practices that don't endanger the welfare of others. And if anyone is truly concerned about our children - it is conservatives.

    What I don't understand is the unfathomable hypocrisy of liberal Jews….how can you be liberal when it is conservatives who support Israel? Why do Jews continue to support liberal groups like the anti-semitic ADL? Now that's values gone crazy!
     
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    Wow, I didn't even think about that, thanks for giving me an idea :rofl:
     

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