Aqua Dots in US/Canada and Bindeez in Australia have been pulled from the shelf following the discovery that a chemical used in the product metabolizes as the "date-rape" drug, GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate), which 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."Two US children are reported to have been in a coma from exposure to Aqua Dots (ingesting the beads) and three children in Australia are reported is sick from ingesting Bindeez. The product has been pulled from the shelves in Canada, the US and in Australia, but may still be in homes or available through other outlets. Do not buy them. If you have them already, here is information from CPSC with instructions:
The recall was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday several hours after published reports about the recall in Australia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.An important note to anyone entertaining the idea of utilizing these toys to acquire GHB: this chemical is metabolizing as a stronger form of the drug whose impact cannot be measured.
Name of Product: Aqua Dots
Units: About 4.2 million
Distributor: Spin Master, of Toronto, Canada
Hazard: The coating on the beads that causes the beads to stick to each other when water is added contains a chemical that can turn toxic when many are ingested. Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop respiratory depression, or have seizures.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC has received two reports over the past several days of children swallowing Aqua Dots. A 20-month-old child swallowed several dozen beads. He became dizzy and vomited several times before slipping into a comatose state for a period of time, was hospitalized, and has since fully recovered. A second child also vomited and slipped into a comatose state and was hospitalized for five days.
Description: The recalled toy is a craft kit which allows children to create various multi-dimensional designs using small colored beads. The beads fuse together when sprayed with water. The recall applies to all models of Aqua Dots. The product is available in various different kits with accessories such as a drying fan, applicator pen, design templates for the beads, and spray bottle. The product is labeled for ages 4+.
Sold at: Mass merchandisers nationwide from April 2007 through November 2007 for between $17 and $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Spin Master to return for free replacement beads or a toy of equal value.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Spin Master at (800) 622-8339 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.aquadotsrecall.com
Don't use it.
For everyone else: If you have Aqua Dots or Bindeez, get them away from your children immediately!
Other news: Curious George Plush Dolls have been voluntarily recalled by Marvel Toys:
Marvel recalling plush 'Curious George' dollsImages of the dolls are available here. If you have these toys, take them away from your children immediately and contact the company about obtaining a refund here.
After passing four lead tests,110,000 plush dolls with plastic faces were recalled for excessive levels of lead after the company re-tested its entire product line. Link.
Tainted meat news: The E. coli recalls keep coming. As reported in this post, five million General Mills frozen pepperoni pizzas were recalled last week (check your freezer), and now one million pounds of frozen Cargill ground beef patties, meat loaf and other forms of beef have been recalled for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
Cargill products under recall include the following brands:
A full list with product details is available here.
- Century Farm
- Giant 75/25
- Giant Eagle
- Shop Rite
- Stop & Shop
- Weis Premium Meats
- Meat Loaf Mix
- 85/15 Coarse Ground Beef
- Ground Beef Chuck for Chili
- Price Rite
More on past recalls here.