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Monday November 5, 10:39 PM

Children's toy banned after poisonings

The state government is moving to ban a children's bead toy amid warnings the beads may be poisonous.

In separate incidents in the past two weeks, a two-year-old child and a 10-year-old child were taken to a Sydney hospital after swallowing a large number of beads from the Bindeez brand toy and becoming sick, the state government said.

Tests by The Children's Hospital at Westmead, where the children were taken, showed the beads contained a chemical which metabolised in the body into a toxin known as 4 hydroxybutyrate.

Poisons Information Centre deputy medical director Dr Naren Gunja said the symptoms of poisoning were not long-term but were life threatening.

Dr Gunja said symptoms included drowsiness, loss of consciousness and unexplained fits or seizures.

"Children who have swallowed the beads and are showing any of these symptoms should receive immediate medical treatment," Dr Gunja said in a statement.

NSW Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney said the Bindeez toy would be banned on an interim basis and urged parents to take the toy away from their children.

"I have asked Fair Trading to immediately investigate and report to me in the morning about banning the product," she said.

"As part of this process I will be referring this product to the Product Safety Committee tomorrow."

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Dr Gunja said symptoms included drowsiness, loss of consciousness and unexplained fits or seizures.

haha dr gunja

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geez...those things are really popular, all my neices friends have them.

You can by them at K-Mart.

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so many toys these days that are toxic.

Dr Gunja gave me a good laugh though, what a great name.

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so many toys these days that are toxic.

4Real. How about the kids toys that contain toxic phthalates? The thing is, they took the kids toys off the market over here, but no one is talking about the fact that phthalates are in a lot of adult toys also. Folks tend to be...um... exposed to these a lot...um...more closely for longer periods of time than a baby sticking something in their mouth briefly. Scary stuff. Worse than an oops administration than GHB is an oops administration of cancer. Something to think about.

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4Real. How about the kids toys that contain toxic phthalates? The thing is, they took the kids toys off the market over here, but no one is talking about the fact that phthalates are in a lot of adult toys also. Folks tend to be...um... exposed to these a lot...um...more closely for longer periods of time than a baby sticking something in their mouth briefly. Scary stuff. Worse than an oops administration than GHB is an oops administration of cancer. Something to think about.

you talking about 'adult toys' as in sex toys? or something different, cuz that's what i assumed, and any carcinogenic sex toy is... a tiny bit unethical. Well anybody that releases carcinogenic compound that is exposed to humans is an accessory to murder, sure the carcinogen kills but they allowed for it - knowingly allowing death to occur. It's funny how in a very real sense we let companies kill us (*cough* cigarettes).

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Yeah, that's what I meant. Just tryin' to keep it clean while I'm at work.. Check this out:

http://www.cbc.ca/consumers/market/files/h...1/sex_toys.html

and this:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19333870/

In the second article, it sounds like the consumers themselves are solving the problem, rather than asking the gov't for help. Good for them. If only more people would take responsibility for their own bodies and leave the gov't out of it (particularly when it pertains to other people's bodies and what they do with them :shroomer: .)

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From the website:

Bindeez™ are magic beads that you use to create colourful and fun designs.

:lol:

I especially like it how one of the products is the 'Bindeez starter pack' - try one, kids.

I wonder if any of the media have picked up that this is the 'date rape drug' they like to talk about.

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hehe, just grab the refill pack. wonder if those glow in the darks ones have an extra kicker LOL.

"I wonder if any of the media have picked up that this is the 'date rape drug' they like to talk about"

doesnt look like they have LOL

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jesus even that web page looks toxic!!

thats some evil shit?!!! whats goin on there?!!!!

surely u cant go puttin that shit in childrens toys?! i mean im not an intelligent person but....

whats the motives? that really sux!! thats censorship working. i certainly wouldntwant my child eating that shit.

i mean sure if trippers wanna feed kids that shit fine but advertise it.

sneaky deviant fuks. jam their ghb teddy bears up their asses. thats like business suicide.

edit, and b4 anyone says ur kid shouldnt b puttin em in their mouth, of course kids will.but when u buy sumthin for ur kid u dont expect em to be trippin balls. thats fair enuff i think. its directly the same as selling ghb to kids.

Edited by jono

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Folks tend to be...um... exposed to these a lot...um...more closely for longer periods of time than a baby sticking something in their mouth briefly. Scary stuff.

Have you ever tried to get something out of a babies' mouth when they want to keep it? Briefly my arse, you need to dig in and keep the nodoze handy, it can take all night... :P

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Due to widespread media reports regarding the recall and the temporary banning in NSW of all Bindeez brand beads, Online toys Australia have withdrawn all Bindeez related products from sale until further notice. It has been reported that 2 children, in separate incidence, have become extremely ill as a result of swallowing large amounts of Bindeez beads. Consumers who purchased Bindeez products are advised not to allow children to use or play with them as a precaution.

Please be advised that we are yet to receive any official announcements from the manufacturer, therefore no details are yet available regarding how products may be returned.

Consumers who wish to contact the manufacturer of the Bindeez products can contact Moose Enterprises on (03) 9579 7377 or email [email protected]

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How sad. I went to buy a few packs and thats what I found:(

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im inclined to think its the spray and not the bead itself...others thoughts?

EDIT - accually no thats wrong. its says they spray water, so it would be the beads themselves. so ya dont need a starter pack, just a refill pack :D check ebay before its too late lol

2nd EDIT - could it be the 'magic dots' that come with the packs?

Edited by Amulte

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Briefly my arse, you need to dig in and keep the nodoze handy, it can take all night... :P

Briefly in your arse?! That's exactly what I'm talking about! And yes, I've heard that it can take all night. That's why folks should take care and use phthalate free phalli :lol:

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$10 says next time i hit the town every girl will have a few of these in tehre drink.

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after further investigation i believe its the sticky outter coating of the beads that contains it, not the plastic of the bead.

also the media have now picked up on what it is... http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/toy-of...4118005306.html

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Bindeez Youtube Ad

Brings new meaning to the phrase "trip toys."

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i played with those quite a bit. if it's the outer coating, then might you be affected by putting heaps in your mouth without swallowing? could explain a few things.

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if it's the outer coating, then might you be affected by putting heaps in your mouth without swallowing?

yes, or even if enough of them were to end up in glass of water and accidently drunk it would produce the toxic effects.

ive accually got in contact with one of the distributors to ask about this and at the moment they are not sure if its all of them or only certain batches that are effected, more info to follow.

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from news.com.au

AN award-winning children's toy has been recalled because it contains a chemical which turns into a dangerous party drug when metabolised in the body.

Chinese-made Bindeez, which won the 2007 Australian Toy of the Year award at the Melbourne Toy and Hobby fair, contains hundreds of beads which can induce seizures, drowsiness or a coma if eaten.

The beads should contain a non-toxic glue but instead contain the chemical which the body metabolises into gamma-hydroxy butyrate (GHB), also known as fantasy or Grievous Bodily Harm.

All Bindeez products would be removed from sale, Minister for Fair Trading Linda Burney said today, and households with the toy were urged to get rid of it.

"This Bindeez product is Australian Toy of the Year, it is extraordinarily popular," Ms Burney said.

Ms Burney said an investigation into the toy, which is manufactured in Hong Kong, also would look at whether the substitution was deliberate.

Two children in NSW, a two-year-old boy and a ten-year-old girl, have been admitted to hospital in the past ten days after eating the beads.

it appears atm that it is the glue, interesting story this one. i wonder if this has any thing to do with them being so popular

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jono - 1,4 butanediol is an industrial solvent used for many applications. but finding it in kids toys makes you wonder what else they get away with putting in them [besides lead of course].

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seems comments from Dr Gunja ( :lol: ) were omitted from many of the australian reports,

Bindeez off shelf for toxic drug link

Nov 6, 2007 8:54 PM

Australia's 2007 Toy Of The Year is being pulled from shelves after it was revealed the product's magic beads contain a chemical that converts into the toxic illegal drug fantasy when ingested.

Three children have been treated in hospital over the last 10 days after swallowing the beads.

The popular Hong Kong-manufactured craft toy Bindeez have been officially banned in NSW, the ACT, South Australia and Western Australia, with other states likely to follow, after two NSW children chomped on the magic beads in the toy and suffered seizures in separate incidents.

In Queensland, a third toddler was rushed to Toowoomba's St Vincents hospital today after putting the toy in his mouth and falling ill.

Testing by scientists in NSW found the chemical link to the drug gamma-hydroxy butyrate (GHB) - also known as fantasy or Grievous Bodily Harm - which can also cause drowsiness, coma and death.

The drug was a factor in the cruise ship death of Brisbane mother Dianne Brimble, a Sydney inquest this year found.

Sydney-based poisons specialist Dr Naren Gunja said the list of Bindeez's ingredients supplied by the manufacturer said it should contain the non-toxic chemical known as 1,5-pentanediol.

"What we've found in the beads from testing done...by our hospital scientists is that it contains 1,4-butanediol," Gunja said, adding that this chemical was metabolised by the body into GHB.

"It can cause seizure-like activity and fitting, and both of the children that presented to the Children's Hospital at Westmead (in Sydney) had these symptoms...quite serious effects and potentially life-threatening."

In announcing an immediate statewide ban on Bindeez, NSW Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney today said no stone would be left unturned in the investigation into the toy.

"One of the considerations is how, in fact, such a substance, such a toxic substance, is actually used in a children's toy," she said.

"This Bindeez product is Australian Toy of the Year, it is extraordinarily popular...we are issuing right now a total banning order right across NSW."

Burney said parents should immediately remove the toy from any area where it can be accessed by children.

Further announcements would be made on a possible refund, she said.

The Bindeez range of products is manufactured in Hong Kong and it is imported into NSW by the Australian firm Moose Enterprises.

Burney said the company had been shocked to learn of the toy's drug links and it was cooperating with the investigation, which would take in whether it was a deliberate act or an accident in the manufacturing process.

Children playing with the toy arrange the variously coloured beads on a plastic grid and then, once sprayed with water, the beads become stuck together and the shape can be removed.

A box slogan says the product has Magic Beads that join with a spray of water! but they are not supposed to be eaten.

A warning label on the product says it is not suitable for children aged under four years.

"You use the beads to make designs and then you spray the design with water and it becomes a fixed design," Burney said.

"(But) we all know that particularly young children do, when they get something in their hand, they put it in their mouth."

The two NSW children who fell ill, a boy aged two and a 10-year-old girl, had swallowed at least 60 of the beads.

They required intensive hospital care for up to two days but have since recovered.

The ACT and WA today banned the Bindeez product, while Target moved to voluntarily remove it from its stores nationwide.

Victoria said it was awaiting further information on the product.

A representative of Moose Enterprises could not be contacted today at its Melbourne office where there was a public holiday.

tvnz.co.nz

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seems comments from Dr Gunja ( ) were omitted from many of the australian reports

He was just on the news CT.

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