Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong
shadesong

PRODUCT RECALL!

Aqua Dots - one of the hottest new toys of the season - is seriously toxic.

Scientists say a chemical coating on the beads, when ingested, metabolizes into the so-called date rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate. When eaten, the compound - made from common and easily available ingredients - can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.
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The toys were supposed to use 1,5-pentanediol, a nontoxic compound found in glue, but instead contained the harmful 1,4-butanediol, which is widely used in cleaners and plastics. The Food and Drug Administration in 1999 declared the chemical a Class I Health Hazard, meaning it can cause life-threatening harm.


Yes, this has been checked out on Snopes.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21678196/
http://money.cnn.com/2007/11/07/news/international/toys_drug.ap/index.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,309318,00.html


Additional note: They're called "Bindeez" in Australia, where they're also very popular. They're distributed in over 40 countries.

Check articles for more details, and for pictures. And pass this along!
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