BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's quality control
watchdog said late Saturday initial investigations had found the bead toys that
were recalled in the United States contained toxic substance.
The toys, products of Australia-based Moose
Enterprises, were manufactured by the Wangqi Product Factory in China's southern
city of Shenzhen, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection,
and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on
Thursday recalled the Chinese-made Aqua Dots sets as the beads contain an
adhesive solvent called "1,4 butylene glycol" that simulates the drug gamma
hydroxy butyrate if swallowed.
At least five children were reported to have fallen
ill after swallowing the beads in the United States and in Australia, where the
toy was sold under the name Bindeez.
The AQSIQ noted a Hong Kong firm, agent of Moose
Enterprises, outsourced the toys production to Wangqi Product Factory. The
English name of the Hong Kong firm is not yet available.
Investigations showed Wangqi Product Factory used the
toxic "1,4 butylene glycol" as softener in the production, and the product
contained 14.5 percent of "1,4 butylene glycol".
The Shenzhen factory started to produce the bead toys
after its trial products provided to the agent received no objection. Moose
Enterprises provided the beads samples, the AQSIQ stated.
The packaging of the toys carried warnings including
"swallowing can cause danger" and "no use for children under three", the
China has suspended exports of the children's bead
toys and also the toy maker's export license, according to the AQSIQ.
The watchdog added it is asking the U.S. side for
detecting methods to help analyse and evaluate the potential harms the chemical