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Samantha Sorensen, Staff Writer • February 26, 2024

The ban of Water Beads

                                                       

You may remember when Orbeez became so famous among children and was in every store like Walmart, Target, and other stores. The popular beads would expand in size when left in a liquid, preferably water, for a while and were used for DIYs or just to play with in your hands or in a bathtub. If you loved it then say goodbye because the Consumer Reports, with consumer activist Ashley Haugen, have leaped their way to ban these products for the danger that it has caused to infants who, in several cases, consumed them. Consumption of water beads can cause havoc, lodging in organs and/or intestines causing serious internal injuries and in worse cases death.

In the photos above you can see how similar the water beads and regular, edible sprinkles look, which can easily be an accident waiting to happen with the mistake of consuming them. Even the colors are quite similar, not to mention the size.

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