From the AP via the WaPo:
The federal government slapped a hefty $1.3 million fine on a toy company that sold popular arts-and-crafts beads that were linked to a dangerous drug and sickened about a dozen children.The civil penalty, announced Thursday, marks the third largest toy-related fine issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.Here's CNN's 2007 Holiday Shopping Forecast:
The Aqua Dots toy beads were imported by Spin Master in 2007 and recalled after tests showed they were coated with a chemical that, when ingested, can metabolize into the so-called “date-rape” drug gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB). The compound can induce unconsciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death....MORE
12 Best toys of 2007
Aqua Dots Super Studio
Toys Wishes magazine call this "one of the most innovative activity sets" to hit the market in a long time....Marketed in Australia as Bindeez it was also named the Australian "Toy of the Year" for aught-seven.
"Gee the kids are so quiet and well behaved".