The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine in Hong Kong confirmed the toy Aqua Dots was made using the industrial chemical 1,4-butanediol (the date-rape-drug).
When ingested, the chemical metabolizes into the “date-rape” drug gamma hydroxy butyrate, also known as GHB, which can cause breathing problems, loss of consciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death.
Millions of units of the popular toys, which are sold as Aqua Dots in the United States and as Bindeez in Australia, were recalled in those countries as well as Britain, Malaysia, Singapore and elsewhere this past week after children began falling sick from swallowing the toy’s bead-like parts.
Approximately nine children in the U.S. and three in Australia have become sick from ingesting beads from the toy
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