Posted by Charity on November 8th, 2007



The toy, Aqua Dots, has been recalled. This is serious.

The toy beads are sold in general merchandise stores and over the Internet for use in arts and crafts projects. They can be arranged into designs and fused when sprayed with water.

Scientists say a chemical coating on the beads, when ingested, metabolizes into the so-called date rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate. When eaten, the compound — made from common and easily available ingredients — can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.

“Two children in the U.S. and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the beads.”

The toy is called, “Bindeez,” in Australia.

I thought I would post this as a public service, but I already know that She’s Right readers are too smart to buy toys that are made in China.

Updated: Since “hospitalized” can mean many things, some no so serious, I wanted to include this. Regarding the two US children hospitalized,

The CPSC said a boy nearly 2 years old “swallowed several dozen beads. He became dizzy and vomited several times before slipping into a comatose state.” The toddler was hospitalized and has since fully recovered, the commission added.

In the second incident, a child vomited, fell into a coma and was hospitalized for five days. It was not immediately clear whether the child had made a full recovery.

It’s also worth noting, the injured children were not all toddlers.

7 Responses to “Aqua Dots Recall”

  1. I’m down with boycotting WalMart…actually I haven’t shopped there since I don’t know when. They waive the American flag a lot there, while most of their stuff comes from China. The company owners (the Waltons?) aren’t very charitable (even though they are some of the richest people in this country), and they are very, very anti-union. One of my friends out of state recently got a job at WalMart for the holidays, and she confirmed for me what I had heard about WalMart showing an anti-union film to all its incoming employees…some baloney about how they couldn’t do any “profit-shraing” with their employees if WalMart was unionized.
    I’m also down with not eating plastic dots. :) I do love me some Chinese food though…yum…

  2. Aw, there you go with you’re “big government,” “nanny state” solutions to everything, Charity.

    Don’t you know that that never works, and just hopelessly infantalizes people by crowding out their freedom. If you leave it alone, the market will fix it, through its mystical all-encompassing power.

    The government should keeps its mouth (and its regulations) shut. After a few hundred, or thousand kids die, word will spread and people will stop buying the product and the company will stop making them. Problem solved, right?

  3. Well gosh, Odum, the government doesn’t seem to be doing such a good job of keeping poisonous toys out of the country. At this point, I think a private firm – one that would lose the contract if dangerous products did get through – would do a better job at inspecting imports than the government does. We don’t seem to be holding the government accountable for doing a lousy job.

    Oh, and Toys ‘R’ Us pulled the product off their shelves before the recall was issued by the CPSC. Looks like those big, bad capitalists are not all bad.

  4. And I have to ask, how are there any people alive today to tell us how things were 35 years ago when there was no CPSC? One would think all of those deadly toys would have killed everyone off.

  5. This is exactly the kind of trap that the current powers that be want you to fall into IMO. The current (and recent past) Bush-appointed head of the CPSC were from the very industries that the CPSC was being asked to regulate. That, at the very least, gives the impression of “the fox guarding the hen house”. The CPSC is one of a whole list of agencies that’s been cripped by recent Republican administrations. They can’t outright abolish these agencies, so they just hamstring them over time so that they become very ineffective. And then, magically people argue that govt. is broken and can’t do anything…so it’s the private sector to the rescue…ugh! Look what happened to FEMA for example…

  6. Very much what I was just talking about the other day:

    I know you haven’t said all these things, Charity, but it’s also the right-wingers who are trying to block personal injury and product liability lawyers from being able to sue the companies that injure and kill innocent consumers. In other words, no government regulation and no private enforcement. The best of both worlds for industry. For consumers, not so much.

  7. Jack, you do have a point. The consumer needs some avenue of recourse.