Aqua Dots Recalled - Serious Health Risk

By Peter Ambrose

Aqua Dots Recalled - Serious Health Risk

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 8, 2007 at 8:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Another recall of Chinese-made toys, but this time not because of lead.

Millions of toys called Aqua Dots have been pulled from shelves in North America because scientists found the toy beads contain a chemical that converts into a powerful "date rape" drug when ingested.

Two children had to be hospitalized.

The beads are sold in general merchandise stores and over the
Internet for use in arts and crafts projects.

Scientists say a chemical coating on the beads, when ingested,
metabolizes into the so-called date rape drug GHB. When eaten, the
compound can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.

The CPSC has more details on their website.

And there is another toy recall involving lead.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says more than 405,000 children's products made in China, most of them toy cars, are being recalled for containing dangerous levels of lead.

The recall includes about 380,000 Pull-Back Action Toy Cars imported by Dollar General, 7,500 Dragster and Funny Car toys imported by International Sourcing and 7,200 "Big Red" Wagons imported by Northern Tool & Equipment.

Also recalled: four products from Schylling Associates including the 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 in August.

Although no illnesses connected to the recalls have been reported, lead is toxic if ingested by young children.

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