US CPSC & Health Canada recall expanding toys

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The United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada issued a joint recall of expanding toys in the US and Canada.

The toys, which go by the names Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” and Fabulous Flower, are marble-sized. When ingested, they expand inside the body, causing blockage in the small intestine, resulting in discomfort, dehydration, and, possibly, death. The toys do not show up on an X-ray and require surgery to be removed from the body.

The agencies took this action after receiving one report of an 8-month-old girl who ingested a Water Balz and suffered an intestinal obstruction, which had to be surgically removed.

The recall involves about 94,700 units in the US and about 600 in Canada. The toys were sold in stores and online, from September 2010-November 2012, for about $3.

For information on toy recalls and other enforcement actions undertaken in the US, Canada, and globally, contact Compliance & Risks!

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