China suspends bead toy export as toxic drug risk surfaces

November 14th, 2007 - 10:22 am ICT by admin  

China’s quality control watchdog the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said that it has sealed the bead toys at the producer, without revealing producer’s name, the China Daily reported.

The AQSIQ was quoted as saying that it has ordered quality control agencies to launch inspections and will release investigation results promptly.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the Chinese-made Aqua Dots sets on Thursday as the beads contain an adhesive solvent called “1,4 butylene glycol” that simulates the drug gamma hydroxy if swallowed, said the daily.

Five children reportedly fell ill after swallowing the beads in the United States and in Australia, where the toy is sold under the name Bindeez. (ANI)

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