Makers of a children's toy have recalled a toy spider and eggs that grow bigger in water, for fear the combination could also grow in young stomachs.
"Be Amazing!" is recalling 26,500 of its Monster Science Growing Spiders sets, sold this time of year since 2011 in Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Spirit Halloween Stores, and Target stores across the country.
The sets, with the model number 7280, come with one polymer spider, and three "spider eggs."
The Consumer Product Safety Commission
warns the colorful, marble-sized polymer ball "eggs" may look like candy to young eyes, and wind up in their mouths, and eventually in their stomachs.
The packaging on the toy explains the eggs can absorb as much as 800 times their weight in water, and grow eight times their original size, but the same thing happens if they're accidentally eaten. That can lead to intestinal blockage, and cause severe discomfort, vomiting, and dehydration.
The CPSC says the balls do not show up in X-Rays; The only way to remove them is through surgery.
If you've purchased the sets (they range between $3 and $5), you
may contact "Be Amazing!"
for a full refund.