Wednesday, November 7, 2007

"Children's Toy: AquaDots Recalled for Containing Date Rape Drug"


Report: AquaDots Recalled for Containing Date Rape Drug

The popular children's toy AquaDots was recalled Wednesday after it was discovered that the beads used in the top-selling toy could poison children with the date rape drug GHB if swallowed.

Toys 'R Us, Target and all stopped sales of AquaDots after its North American distributor, the Canadian company Spin Master Ltd., stopped shipment and asked retailers to remove the toys from their shelves. The Australian manufacturer, Moose Enterprise, recalled the toy in Australia, where it is sold under the name Bindeez.

AquaDots are brightly colored beads that adhere together with water to form shapes. The beads are supposed to contain non-toxic glue, but instead contain a chemical that, when swallowed, is converted by the body into GHB.

Three Australian children became seriously ill after swallowing Bindeez beads, prompting the recall in Australia and North America. Most Australian states have banned the sale of Bindeez. Tests conducted by Moose Enterprise showed that the beads, when swallowed, were converted into GHB by the body.

Product safety agencies in Canada, the U.S. and Australia were working with the manufacturer and distributors to determine how the toys became contaminated.

Ingesting GHB can cause nausea, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, amnesia, vomiting, loss of muscle control, respiratory problems, loss of consciousness and paralysis, and can often be fatal, CHN reported. Street names for the GHB include Liquid X, Everclear, Liquid E, Fantasy and Liquid Ecstasy, among others

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