Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Aqua Dots Contain Chemical Linked To Date-Rape Drug

Just when we think worrying about lead paint in toys is too much to handle, we are learning about another shocking recall.

About 4.2 million Chinese-made children's toys were recalled today after U.S. regulators learned a chemical on the toy beads turns into a powerful "date-rape" drug when swallowed.

Two children in the USA went into comas after ingesting beads that were part of Aqua Dots craft sets. They have since recovered, CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

The toy, distributed by Toronto-based Spin Master, was sold in the USA 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.

Spin Master says it has stopped shipping the toy. Retailers have removed it from store shelves.