found this online... my biggest concern would be choking , how well do they fuse?
Perler Beads Safe for Children and Adults
READING, Pa., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of the recent recall of Aqua Dots, craft bead producer Perler Beads, a Cloverdale, California-based company, offers consumers complete reassurance that Perler Beads are safe for use by children and adults. Yesterday's recall of Aqua Dots (known as Bindeez outside the United States) should not be confused with Perler Beads, a product also used by children to create designs on pegboards. The major differences between the two products are that Perler Beads use heat to fuse the designs, not chemicals, and that Perler Beads are made in the United States and use food-safe plastic. "For more than 25 years, we have produced a safe product for children, and as parents ourselves, we take great pride in maintaining the strictest standards of quality" says President Kevin Fick. "Parents and grandparents can feel safe in purchasing and using Perler Beads." Perler Beads are available in more than 50 colors, and can be used with a variety of colorful peg board shapes to provide unlimited creative play for children. Perler Beads have been sold worldwide for more than 25 years, and have been safely used by tens of millions of families. This classic activity is now being enjoyed by children whose parents grew up with Perler Beads. Perler Beads fuse through the process of melting with a regular home iron, then cooling. The bead design is then removed from the pegboard, which can be used over and over again. Creative ideas can be found on their Web site http://www.perlerbeads.com
Some facts about Perler Beads: -- The beads are made in California. -- The plastic used in the beads and pegboard shapes is also made in the USA. -- The plastic and color dyes used to manufacture the beads are all non- toxic. -- The beads are made of LDPE, a food-grade plastic. -- There is no chemical coating on Perler Beads. Perler Beads is a division of Dimensions, maker of quality crafts, needlecraft kits, paint-by-number kits and rubber stamps. They are located at 1801 N. 12th Street, Reading PA 19604.