Thursday, November 08, 2007

Just A Couple of Kids, No Worries

Can someone explain to me how this toy got past the government inspectors?. I would think that a toy containing beads that can be ingested by children would be a pretty good candidate for some kind of testing to see what might happen when kids ate them. This is insane.
U.S. safety officials have voluntarily recalled about 4.2 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots toys contaminated with a powerful "date rape" drug that has caused some children to vomit and lose consciousness upon ingesting the contents.

Scientists have found the highly popular holiday toy contains a chemical that, once metabolized, converts into the toxic "date rape" drug GHB (gamma-hydroxy butyrate), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) spokesman Scott Wolfson told CNN.

"Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop respiratory depression or have seizures," a CPSC statement warned.

"Anyone with Aqua Dots at home should throw them out," CPSC spokeswoman Julie Vallese said. The toy was named toy of the year in Australia and recently made Wal-Mart Store Inc's list of top 12 Christmas toys.
How long do you think it will take for some Republican tell us onemore time to let industry self-regulate. They tell us how "the market" will work out the problems and everything will be just hunky dory. Never mind those kids who are being rushed to the hospital near death and pretend they are just incidental byproducts of industry self regulation and cheap toys from China. No worries they were poor kids anyway. What is really going to make me mad is that the Democrats will just sit back and let this roll by because they are afraid to call out the GOP on their murderous failed policies.
I guess I just want to know how many poisoned kids is the magic number before someone gets serious about controlling what is coming in from China and other countries with no oversight?

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