11/8/07

Date Rape Toy Recall

Good lord! Who would of thought a ^^ title like that ^^ would ever have to be written?
Millions of Chinese-made toys have been pulled from shelves in North America and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into a powerful date rape drug when ingested. Two children in the United States and three in Australia were hospitalized after swallowing the beads.

With only seven weeks until Christmas, the recall is yet another blow to the toy industry - already bruised by a slew of recalls this past summer.

In the United States, the toy goes by the name Aqua Dots, a highly popular holiday toy distributed by Toronto-based Spin Master Toys. They are called Bindeez in Australia, where they were named toy of the year at an industry function earlier this year.
I can only hope that the children that have ingested these things will be ok.

The two U.S. children who swallowed Aqua Dot beads went into nonresponsive comas, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said Wednesday afternoon.

In Australia, the toys were ordered off store shelves on Tuesday when officials learned that a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were hospitalized after swallowing the beads. A 19-month-old toddler also was being treated.

Meanwhile, there is another long list of Chinese made toys that are also being recalled for their lead content and choking hazards.

I haven't seen any reports of these toys being pulled from Connecticut's store shelves, but just because it isn't being reported on doesn't mean it isn't happening. Toys "R" Us Inc. had issued a "stop sale" order on Tuesday for "the entire Spin Master Aqua Dots product line in its North American stores and on its Web site after it learned of the news."

It is highly likely that you better check your toy boxes again fellow Nutmeggers.

Buzz it if you want to?

5 comments:

Morgan said...

Trying to figure out what you can do? Check out www.consumersunion.org/SafeShopper

Anok said...

I read that the other day in the paper. The title itself caught my attention like you wouldn't believe.

Crazy world, needless to say I'm being very selective about my child's toys and gifts this holiday season.

eesh.

Nice blog. Love the tagline for it LOL!

Anok's Blog

Connecticut Man1 said...

Thanks for the tip Morgan.

As for Anok: I am told my tagline makes people laugh at some community Blogs as well. For the record: My favorite drinks (and pretty much in order) are:

Coffee
Chocolate Milk
and Beer

The plastered part is only in reference to cut'n'pasting on the net... :)

Anok said...

I liked it as a pun though...I have a quirky sense of humor anyway...its OK says Anok ~ who is on her tenth cuppa joe for the day....

Tell me you love Guinness and I'll read your blog everyday LOL.

Connecticut Man1 said...

Guinness is great... But, having been bottle fed Molson in my formative years, I tend to drink more of the pale ales.