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500,000 China-made Toys Recalled in UK and Ireland Over Date rape Drug

Posted by Author on November 10, 2007

David Pallister, The Guardian , Saturday November 10, 2007-

Half a million Chinese-made children’s toys were recalled across the UK and Ireland yesterday after concerns that they contain a chemical which converts to the so-called date rape drug GHB when eaten.

The UK distributor of Bindeez beads, Character Group, in Oldham, asked retailers and consumers to return the products after reports that at least six children in the US and Australia have been taken to hospital severely ill from swallowing the beads.

The firm, which has imported Bindeez for over a year, said there had been five known cases of children eating the beads in the UK with no ill effects, and the voluntary recall was precautionary.

Between 100,000 and 150,000 Bindeez kits, which consist of toy beads which can be arranged into patterns and join together when sprayed with water, have been distributed to major retailers.

Spain also recalled the toys yesterday, following the lead of the US and Australia. In the US, 4.2m of the kits, known there as Aqua Dots, were withdrawn after two children were taken to hospital. An 18-month-old baby was one of four children to fall ill after swallowing the beads in Australia. The symptoms of the drug are unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and occasionally death……. (more details from The Guardian : 500,000 Chinese-made toys recalled over date-rape drug link)

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