Aqua Dots Recalled, Contain Powerful Date Rape Drug - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/8/07

Aqua Dots Recalled, Contain Powerful Date Rape Drug

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Yet another recall of Chinese-made toys, but this time not because of lead.

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

In the U.S. they're called Aqua Dots . In Australia, they're called Bindeez. Two children in the U.S. and three in Australia 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.

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.

For additional information, contact Spin Master at (800) 622-8339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site, (click here).

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