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Eco-Novelty recalls jumbo size and jumbo multipurpose cosmo beads toys

The company has recalled the water-absorbing polymer balls because they pose a serious ingestion hazard.

Eco-Novelty recalls jumbo size and jumbo multipurpose cosmo beads toys

Eco-Novelty recalled about 3,500 of its jumbo size and jumbo multipurpose cosmo beads toys because the water-absorbing polymer balls pose a serious ingestion hazard.

The hard and colorful toy can be easily mistaken for candy by a child. When the bead is ingested, it expands and can cause intestinal obstructions inside a child’s body, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. The toys need surgery to be removed from the body. Similar toys have not shown up on x-rays.

No injuries have been reported, but U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Website is aware of one incident where an 8-month-old girl ingested a similar water-absorbing polymer ball that had to be surgically removed.
For more information, go the CPSC Website.


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