The Chinese made toy, Bindeez, the 2007 Australian Toy of the Year will be re-released in Australia. The little beads were banned because they contained a precursor to the drug Fantasy also known as gamma-hydroxybutyric acid or GHB.
The new product has a different chemical composition and will be known as Beados. Manny Stuhl of the distributors, Moose Enterprises said "By rebranding and re-educating consumers on the differences, we can protect consumers from the recalled product."
1.5 million packets of Bindeez were sold in Australia and 12 million were sold throughout the world in six months. Nine children were hospitalized when they were poisoned by the beads.