Spin Master / Aqua Dots Informative - Aqua Dots Toy Pulled On Fears Of Poison Risk

Review by D. on 2007-11-08
Thursday, November 8, 2007

Beads' coating metabolizes into 'date rape' drug.

What was touted as one of the hottest new toys this Christmas is being pulled off store shelves because of fears it could poison children.

Aqua Dots, distributed in North America by Toronto-based Spin Master, are liquid-filled beads that can be arranged into designs and sprayed with water to hold them together. But if swallowed, the beads' coating reportedly metabolizes into the hallucinogenic "date rape" drug gammahydroxybutyrate, also known as GBH. An overdose can cause seizures, coma or death.

The toy, aimed at kids age 4 and older and heavily advertised on TV, is made in China by Australian company Moose Enterprise. Marketed in Australia as Bindeez, it was withdrawn there this week when three children needed hospital treatment after swallowing beads.

The Toys `R' Us chain was the first here to take Aqua Dots off its shelves, followed by Mastermind, which has stores in Toronto and across the GTA. It had been on Wal-Mart's list of top 12 Christmas toys.

Spin Master issued a statement yesterday saying it was asking retailers across North America to stop selling Aqua Dots.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we have stopped shipping this item and are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada," the firm said. "Our company is working diligently to identify any shipments that could potentially be included in a recall by . . . Canadian officials."
Comments:21 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-11-08
Posted by D. on 2007-11-08:
It was reported that consumers can go to WWW.Spinmaster.com to fill out a form, in which the company will send an envelope for the return of the product. I am getting a "Page can not be displayed" message...so, let me know if anyone else can bring that site up.
Posted by D. on 2007-11-08:
Opppps...I see M3C posted theirs the same time as mine...oh well..you can never be warned enough!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
"made in China" again what are they trying to do? Kill all the children?
Posted by S on 2007-11-08:
Thanks for the warning! Scary!
Posted by spiderman2 on 2007-11-08:
I almosz bought those yesterday for a present. I'm glad I didn't!
Posted by Principissa on 2007-11-08:
DB great post! That is really frightening. My mother bought my oldest son a set of these for Christmas. As soon as I read the article they had about it on cnn.com I made her take them back. When is someone going to step up to the plate and stick up for our kids? How many need to get sick or worse die because of these faulty Chinese made products?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
One of my Grandson's has a ton of them and spends hours making stuff with them. He will truly be disappointed. DB, excellent post as always.
Posted by shawnp80 on 2007-11-08:
Im sick of products from China. There's another recall almost daily. It's getting ridiculous.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
I'm boycotting Chinese food now too.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
AlleyS, there is always the possiblity of an older sibling, who left the toy laying around, even if they weren't supposed to.

Posted by D. on 2007-11-08:
EmtC...I was just going to say the same thing...besides, sometime the child may be visiting at another home who may have these laying around...you know, kids go into other rooms to play together.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
If you have ever seen them they could look like candy to the very young. They look like those Shock candies and a lot of others. Emt has a good point, left laying around a two year old could mistake them for candy or something else.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
(B)asher... I too was going to say the same thing. Also, I wonder if these dots have a residual black market value for the druggie crowd. Can you imagine the embarrassed look on the chemists face who formulated these dots. Very interesting and helpful post, (B)asher. Thanks for sharing with the membership.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
I just read about this on CNN,I wonder what the "street value" of these tasty morsels are.

Posted by spiderman2 on 2007-11-08:
Ally, I'm not screaming at you, but if the kids touch the toys and put their fingers in their mouth then there is a transfer that way too. My kids didn't go through the stage of putting everything in their mouth, but I have a nephew who at 4 still does.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
Alley, we never (well most of us anyway) scream at trusted regular members.
Posted by D. on 2007-11-08:
I know a 20 year old who still sucks her thumb!
Posted by Principissa on 2007-11-08:
Alley I would never scream at your for your opinion, and you did make a very valid point. I have to boys, my youngest is three and sometimes will put small things in his mouth if it looks like food. He ate a yellow button because he thought it was an M&M. So if my oldest son were to drop one or leave it he may very well get a hold of it and eat it. Not to mention that if the coating on these are making kids sick, if my older son sprayed it with water and then put a finger in his mouth he would get a transfer that way.
Posted by One-Eyed Willie on 2007-11-08:
Just heard about this too. I wonder what the street value of the beads will be? Like I said in an earlier post, it is China's plan to poison our youth before taking us over!!
Posted by shawnp80 on 2007-11-08:
I think Willie may be onto something!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-08:
Hey Shawnp! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT! What's up???

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