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    Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Chinese-made beads turn into 'date rape' drug when ingested; toys recalled Toys sold at stores nationwide
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    About 4.2 million Chinese-made children’s toys were recalled Wednesday after U.S. regulators learned a chemical on the toy beads turns into a powerful "date rape" drug when swallowed.

    Two children in the United States went into comas after ingesting beads that were part of Aqua Dots craft sets. They have since recovered, Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said. Three children in Australia, which also recalled the toy, were hospitalized after swallowing the beads.

    The toy, distributed by Toronto-based Spin Master, was sold in the U.S. in mass-merchandise stores from April through November of this year, CPSC said. Wal-Mart named Aqua Dots one of its 12 top toys this year, and it was the 2007 Toy of the Year in Australia.

    The toy came with different accessories, such as a drying fan, applicator pen, design templates for the beads and spray bottle. All versions are recalled. The product is labeled for ages 4 and up.

    The beads can be arranged into designs. The chemical that allows them to fuse together when sprayed with water metabolizes in the body into the drug gamma hydroxybutyrate. GHB is known as a "date rape" drug because it can render users helpless.

    Australian officials told Reuters that instead of the safe chemical 1,5-pentanediol, the potentially dangerous chemical 1,4-butanediol was used during manufacturing. When ingested, 1,4-butanediol becomes GHB. It can cause drowsiness, unconsciousness, seizures, coma and death.

    In the United States, a 20-month-old child swallowed several dozen beads, became dizzy and vomited several times before slipping into a coma. A second child also vomited and slipped into a coma.

    Michael Brown, a former CPSC general counsel, said it’s unlikely that required CPSC testing would have caught the presence of the chemical.

    "Who would ever think about that in a toy?" said Brown, now a product safety lawyer.
    Brown said the switch is the kind of problem that occurs when manufacturers are trying to meet deadlines and run out of materials or try to cut costs.

    "This is a horrifying recall," said former CPSC Chairwoman Ann Brown, who is not related to Michael Brown. "We’re just not seeing any let-up in the kinds of dangerous products that are coming in from China."

    The toy was recalled in both the U.S. and Australia on Wednesday. Spin Master said it has stopped shipping the toy. Retailers have removed it from store shelves.

    Consumers can contact Spin Master at (800) 622-8339 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information can be found at www.spinmaster.com.



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    My in-laws gave my kids some Aqua Dots recently..they will now removed from the house. Yikes.



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    My boy asked for those for Christmas. Thank God he is out of his chewing on toys days. This stuff has gone way beyond incompetence or accidents.



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Thank God he is out of his chewing on toys days. This stuff has gone way beyond incompetence or accidents.
    My kids also are out of that phase, but this is just ridiculous. First we had to check my son's Thomas trains to see if we had any lead paint ones, my Daughter's Polly Pockets were recalled because some kids eat magnets and now this. Made in China becomes scarier everyday.



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    I have been feeding my dates aquadots for years. No wonder things have been so easy with the ladies.



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Where can I get these aquadots?



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post
    My kids also are out of that phase, but this is just ridiculous. First we had to check my son's Thomas trains to see if we had any lead paint ones, my Daughter's Polly Pockets were recalled because some kids eat magnets and now this. Made in China becomes scarier everyday.
    Although, this sounds like a freak thing no one could have imagined, that a plastic or whatever would be metabolized in the human body to GHB, likely not standard testing. You can't test for EVERYTHING. In other words I find this as very unfortunate but very unlike the lead.



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Interesting, you google image aquadots and you get this...



    add in some 'aquadots' and it sounds like a party!



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    Where can I get these aquadots?
    My wife would love these



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post
    My kids also are out of that phase, but this is just ridiculous. First we had to check my son's Thomas trains to see if we had any lead paint ones, my Daughter's Polly Pockets were recalled because some kids eat magnets and now this. Made in China becomes scarier everyday.
    Elmer's would be outta business if they recalled for that.

    And besides, they (used to?) do that to cattle all the time - helps pick up any metal that may be accidentally ingested. Better than granola for the young'ns

    EDIT: THE ORANGE "WINKING" SMILEY IS MEANT TO IMPLY I AM JOKING - DO NOT INGEST MAGNETS, CHOOSE THE GRANOLA.


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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Here is what Aqua Dots are:




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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    Elmer's would be outta business if they recalled for that.

    And besides, they (used to?) do that to cattle all the time - helps pick up any metal that may be accidentally ingested. Better than granola for the young'ns
    The problem is that they can end up pinching intestines and whatnot. Magnets are bad news to swallow, especially if you swallow more than one.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    The problem is that they can end up pinching intestines and whatnot. Magnets are bad news to swallow, especially if you swallow more than one.
    What about quarters? Pretty sure I can make change for a dollar.



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    And who thought of this first? Who said, hmmm Im going to eat these things and see what happens. Just like who was the first guy to dry some leaves, roll it up, and smoke it? How do you get these ideas?



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    Re: Warning: Aqua Dots metabolize into GHB

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    And who thought of this first? Who said, hmmm Im going to eat these things and see what happens. Just like who was the first guy to dry some leaves, roll it up, and smoke it? How do you get these ideas?
    "who was the first guy to go ... 'you see that cow over there, I'm gonna tug on those things sticking out under her flanks and drink whatever comes out of 'em.' " (unknown comedian)



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