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Recalled Aqua Dots Still Being Advertised

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Aqua Dots, a dangerous children’s toy that was recalled almost three weeks ago, are still being found in advertisements. The popular kids toy was recalled because they were coated in a chemical that can turn into the “date-rape” drug when swallowed .

A Toys “R” Us flier distributed in some Sunday newspapers contains an ad for Aqua Dots, but spokeswoman for Toys “R” Us Inc., Kathleen Waugh, stated that the circulars were printed and distributed before the recall occurred.

Aqua Dots were recalled in the United States on Nov. 7 after tests showed they are coated with an industrial chemical that, when ingested, metabolizes into the “date-rape” drug gamma hydroxy butyrate. The bead-like toy could cause breathing problems, loss of consciousness, seizures, drowsiness, coma and death if ingested. Nine children in the United States and three children in Australia have become sick.

Waugh said these advertisements for Aqua Dots could continue to show up in newspapers for another few weeks because the circulars are printed and distributed far in advance.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.