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November 08, 2007

Aquadots Recall

Aquadots, or Aqua Dots as they are sometimes called, have been recalled from all US retailers. The recall is over whether a Chinese subcontractor replaced a glue component with one that mimics the effect of rohypnol, the so called date rape drug. Thus if a child swallows some of the beads they can become comatose, as has happened to at least two children.

Aquadots were recalled inAustralia by the original manufacturer, Moose Enterprises, yesterday and now Spin Master is requesting that North America

take the children’s beads of their shelves because of concerns over a chemical reaction if children swallow the pieces. Moose Enterprises were first to recall their version of Aqua Dots, which are known as Bindeez in Australia. Spin Master has now recalled the toys in the United States They say they are “working diligently to identify any shipments that could potentially be included in a recall by the CPSC and Canadian official.”

It is unclear how many sets are being recalled. The company was first alerted to the danger after tests showed some batches of Aquadots were not made with it’s approved formula.

Kids love Aquadots but that's one reason why they're so dangerous:

The wildly popular craft beads known in the U.S. as Aquadots have been huge sellers.

Young Heather Lehane in Australia loved them, until she put them in her mouth.

"The ambulance wasn't that long in coming, but she was in such a state, so un-well. She was pale and just the vomiting and the fitting we just couldn't believe," said Charlotte Lehane, Heather’s Mother.

Two children in the U.S. and three in Australia have been hospitalized for eating Aquadots.

Only then was it discovered why. 

When ingested the body metabolizes the toy's adhesive into a compound similar to a date rape drug, potentially triggering seizures, even coma.

And from the Wall Street Journal about Aquadots:

More than four million Chinese-made toys sold in the U.S. as Aqua Dots are being recalled after reports surfaced that children swallowed beads containing a chemical found to mimic the effects of the so-called date-rape drug.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has received two reports of children swallowing Aqua Dots and slipping into comas. Both children are now fine, the commission said. At least three children have been hospitalized in Australia, where the product is called Bindeez, after ingesting beads from the toy.

Whether it's an error with the orginal design or whether it's a problem with the sub-contractor, no one knows as yet. More to come, no doubt.

And a full news report:

And how TV reported it:

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Hasn’t anyone considered that the labels of the toys were clearly marked as appropriate for ‘Date Rapists’ only??

http://www.humblenarrator.com/2007/11/08/importers-tainted-chinese-kids-toys-clearly-labeled-for-date-rapists-aged-5/

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Posted by: barvint | Nov 8, 2007 8:57:45 PM

Spinmaster is handling this recall very poorly. They keep directing you to the website, but the online refund form doesn;t actually work. No matter what time you call their 800-number, you get the "we are currently closed" message or a busy signal. I called the office directly at 416-364-6002 and at least got into a different phone system and eventually got hold of an operator.

Posted by: David | Nov 8, 2007 9:44:32 PM

Wow. How many toxic and deadly Chinese-made toys need to be recalled or pried from our kids' teeth before we finally pull our industries out of China? Three recalls in as many days (AquaDots, Curious George dolls, and childrens sunglasses) makes me wonder if they are TRYING to poison our kids!

For more comments, see my blog post on this topic at: http://angrylabrat.blogspot.com/2007/11/now-china-is-giving-date-rape-drugs-to.html

Posted by: Angry Lab Rat | Nov 9, 2007 7:31:25 AM

Angry Lab Rat... you are spot [dot?] on. heh heh.

But seriously, I mean, COME ON BIG COMPANIES (e.g., Wal-mart, etc)... the holiday season is upon us and parents, families and loved ones are out buying gifts for the children in their lives.

And all you can think about is pressuring Chinese suppliers to work faster and cheaper??!! What about safety?

Wake up and smell the GHB.

PS -- WSJ has another article on the Aqua Dots situation, recalls in general and how industry leaders are getting nervous.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119458129368387655.html?mod=sphere_ts&apl=y&r=403505

My FAVORITE LINE is at the end (coming from, none other than the Grinch-a-licious WALMART):

"In October, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. named Aqua Dots one of its 12 top toy picks for the holidays. After the recall, spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien declined to provide an executive to respond to questions."

How are you not going to respond to this? You name it as a top 12 gift and then it is recalled and then you say NOTHING??!!

Pathetic.

Hey Wal-mart, I know you are listening: You think it is all just going to all go away by just dropping the cost of some HD DVD player to $98. THink again.

Posted by: volvoke | Nov 9, 2007 3:38:38 PM

....simple,flip the box around,find tag listing where it is made,don't buy it.you just performed your own recall.

Posted by: brains | Nov 26, 2007 8:06:34 AM