Chinese-made toys tested for date-rape drug

Chinese-made toys recalled after date-rape drug scare

THOUSAND OF STORES in the US, Canada and Australia are clearing their shelves of a Chinese-made toy after scientists found they contained a chemical that converts into a date-rape drug when ingested.

At least six children in the US, Australia and New Zealand have fallen ill after swallowing the beads, which, an Australian scientist found, contain a chemical that converts into gamma-hydroxy butyrate (GHB), also known as fantasy or Grievous Bodily Harm.

When eaten, the compound can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and even death, the scientists warn.

Toy shop owners, including top toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us, are now frantically removing the item, called Bindeez in Australia – where they were named toy of the year at an industry function this year – and Aqua Dots in the US, from their shelves.

The offending toys, distributed by Moose Enterprises, have been sent to a laboratory in Hong Kong for tests and, if they come back positive for the drug, it could mean jail terms of one year and fines of HK$100,000 for the Hong Kong toy suppliers involved, a customs official told the Associated Press.

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