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Post time 2007-11-9 16:51:33 |Display all floors

Another case example

They are now saying Chinese toys contain ecstasy-like drug.  Look at this Guardian piece:

Chinese-made toy beads recalled after children fall ill


· Chemical similar to liquid ecstasy blamed for comas
· Panic spreads to North America from Australasia

Ed Pilkington in New York and David Pallister
Friday November 9, 2007
The Guardian


A scare over a popular toy made in China that was found to contain a chemical similar to the recreational drug liquid ecstasy has spread around the world, with millions of the toys being recalled in Australia and North America.
The alert began in Australia and New Zealand where six children fell ill, some of them going into a deep coma, after swallowing small beads that make up the toy, known in the region as Bindeez.

Yesterday the panic spread to the US and Canada, where the toy, sold under the brand name Aqua Dots, was removed from thousands of stores after it emerged that two children had succumbed to the chemical. The North American representative of the toy, Spin Master, said it had pulled it off the shelves "out of an abundance of caution".
Further recalls of the toy, which is distributed to 40 countries, are likely to follow. In the UK a similar toy called Aquabeads is distributed by Flair Leisure Products in Cheam, south-west London. The chief executive, Peter Brown, said yesterday that his product was made in a different factory with a different formula.

He said: "Bindeez is a very similar product to Aquabeads and therefore there exists the possibility of concern amongst retailers and consumers about the safety and integrity of Aquabeads. We hope by clarifying that there is no relationship between the products, consumers and retailers will be assured about the safety of Aquabeads."

He added that Aquabeads were being put through a toxicology risk analysis this week and early reports suggested they were entirely safe.

In Australia and the US it has been a different story. One mother from Arkansas told ABC television how her 20-month-old son went limp after playing with beads from his older sister's Aqua Dots set. "That's when we knew what he had eaten and that things were pretty bad," Shelby Esses said.

The boy's doctor, Matt Jaeger, added: "It was pretty dramatic. He was unconscious in this coma for about six hours. And then, over the course of just a few minutes, went from being completely asleep to wide awake and playing like nothing ever happened."

The scare is the latest blow to the industry in the commercial run-up to Christmas and damages further the reputation of Chinese goods, which account for more than 60% of global toy sales. This year the giant Mattel recalled more than 21m toys made in China from its global outlets after concerns were raised about detachable parts and lead paint which can cause brain damage in children.

The image of the "made in China" label has been particularly battered in the US, where there have been a record-breaking 472 recalls this year, particularly of toys, pet food and tyres.

Recent surveys of American parents suggest that a third have decided to avoid all Chinese-made goods as they plan their Christmas shopping.

On Wednesday US authorities announced a separate recall of more than 400,000 children's products, mainly toys sold at dollar stores, with dangerous levels of lead.

Bindeez/Aqua Dots kits are made up of small beads that can be stuck together to make shapes and designs once they are sprayed with water. It has proved to be wildly popular - it was voted 2007 Australian Toy of the Year and 12m packets, containing more than 8bn beads, have been sold worldwide.

The normal product is coated with a harmless glue made from a chemical, 1,5-pentanediol. In the faulty batches the glue was replaced by 1,4-butanediol, a chemical which when taken into the body breaks down into a poison similar in composition to liquid ecstasy, or gamma hydroxy butyrate. The drug, which is also known as GBH or fantasy, is a well-known dance drug, inducing a degree of sedation, and has been linked to cases of date rape.

It remained unclear last night whether the chemicals were intentionally or mistakenly swapped. Both chemicals are widely used in factories in Shenzhen in China's southern Guangdong province where the beads are thought to have been made before being distributed by the Australian-based firm Moose Enterprise.

The company says it will resupply the product coated with an ingredient that is bitter to the tongue to dissuade children from swallowing the beads.

The Chinese government has attempted to assuage rising fears about the quality of Chinese products by stepping up factory inspections and investing in training on international safety standards. But with the demand for cheap goods continuing to boom, and China's exports growing at an astonishing 28% a year, the country is likely to continue to find it difficult to meet safety standards set in the United States and other highly industrialised nations.


This is going to continue if Li Chan-jiang does not start suing Mattel for defamation.

Hire a U.S. attorney who speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English, a minimum.

Maybe Yiddish too.  The weasel Bob Eckert is a Z-gooner who graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master of Defamation degree.  Sue the son of a gun now.

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Post time 2007-11-9 21:13:55 |Display all floors
Li cannot sue anyone for defamation. There has been none.
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Post time 2007-11-9 21:15:39 |Display all floors
Originally posted by wchao37 at 2007-11-9 16:51
They are now saying Chinese toys contain ecstasy-like drug.  Look at this Guardian piece:



This is going to continue if Li Chan-jiang does not start suing Mattel for defamation.

Hire a U.S ...



Germany's leading anti China propaganda magazine, 'DER SPIEGEL'  reported this yesterday as well. This news magazine reported that 3 kids in Australia and 2 in the US fell ill already. Everywhere contradictory stories. The whole affair seems to have been fabricated. Strange enough after only 3 hours the story disappeared from the 'Spiegel online' headlines. What can be said for sure is that most Western media are looking for the smallest mistakes and then blow them out of proportion. They try to convince their readers that everything Chinese is bad, evil and hazardous. Their aim is to stop China's ascent and to damage the reputation of the country. Their hatred knows no limits. There will be more phony stories coming up before the Beijing Olympic games. Just watch and see.

http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,516193,00.html    (unfortunately in German only)

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Post time 2007-11-9 21:21:51 |Display all floors
North,

Actually, it's quite true that China's pollution has had global impact; there's nothing false here.
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Post time 2007-11-10 01:30:35 |Display all floors

Boys, stop foaming at the mouth

You really can't be taken seriously if you can't admit when to call a foul ball a foul ball. The complete inability to be even a bit objective is why you are destined to remain you.

1. Mattel retracted and said that they should have been more specific in the exact paint to be used. (As if a toy manufacturer should be using lead paint anyway).

2. The Bindeez/Aquadots manufacturers changed the plastic used. Why?
Oh...HUGE difference in the price per ton. Look it up.
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Post time 2007-11-10 01:52:41 |Display all floors
The toys were supposed to use 1,5-pentanediol, a nontoxic compound found in glue, but instead contained the harmful 1,4-butanediol, which is widely used in cleaners and plastics.

The Food and Drug Administration in 1999 declared the chemical a Class I Health Hazard, meaning it can cause life-threatening harm.

Both chemicals are manufactured in China and elsewhere, including by major multinational companies, and are also marketed over the Internet.

It's not clear why 1,4-butanediol was substituted. However, there is a significant difference in price between the two chemicals. The Chinese online trading platform ChemNet China lists the price of 1,4 butanediol at between about $1,350-$2,800 per metric ton, while the price for 1,5-pentanediol is about $9,700 per metric ton.

There's your answer.
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Post time 2007-11-10 14:37:02 |Display all floors

Reply #12 tekvicious's post

Being a black man, you have some nerve to ignore the fact that lead poisoning in American housing, which has been haunting more than a fifth of your black kids for decades, is a problem that can be ignored while the leaded paint used in varying quantities (depending on the standards currently enforceable by the U.S. watchdogs) deserve some concentration of defamation efforts.

So now you bring up another chemical which is widely used, as you said, in cleaners and plastics.

The mention of FDA declaration in 1999 that it is a Class 1 health hazard is pretty stupid, since quantity is the decisive factor and not whether it is classified as a hazardous material.

Even water can cause water intoxication when used inappropriately.

If 1,4-butanediol is so hazardous even if used in small quantities, it wouldn't have been authorized to be used in cleaners and plastics in the first place, let alone toys to be exported to the States.

Most chemicals can cause cancer, even the gas you fill your gastanks.  Read the labels.  It says the unleaded gas can cause cancer and you should avoid breathing it.

Does that mean you shouldn't be adding gas to your tanks?

Quantity, not whether it is carcinogenic, is the crucial point.

There is no doubt that Mattel's intention in recalling the toys was evil, and not because of the harm it could cause in children.

China is trying to pre-empt the tongue-thrashing critics by canceling the export licenses of dozens of Guangdong's toy factories, showing that in any quarrels over quality of products, they endeavor to make themselves fault-proof in the first place.

What more do you want?

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