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Imaginarium shape sorting cube recalled over excessive barium

Health Canada is recalling Imaginarium shape sorting cubes because the surface paint contains excessive barium.

This recall involves all Imaginarium shape sorting cubes. The toy is a wooden cube with a lid and 12 colourful cutout shapes that fit into 12 holes, based on the shape.

This toy is intended for children two years old and up. The recalled toy can be identified by the following numbers, found on back of the product packaging: UPC 000772019200, SKN 200263, and MFR#1920.

Some forms of barium are safely used in medical and commercial applications, while other forms of barium can be toxic, causing adverse health effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps, as well as more severe symptoms.

Children's toys coated with paint containing barium in excess of the allowable limit are strictly prohibited in Canada.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or illnesses.

Approximately 4,000 units of the toys were sold at Toys "R" Us stores across Canada from September 2008 to July 2009.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toys and return them to the nearest Toys "R" Us store for in-store credit.

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