The Canadian government has ordered the recall of 21,000 toy guns on the basis that the toys pose a threat to the nation.
The rifles, which were manufactured in China, were weighted down with a bag of soil, which also originated in China. The Canadian government is concerned that the soil may contain pests and bacteria which will pose a threat to Canada's crops and forests. For that reason, Canada bars the importation of soil from areas outside of North America.
"We didn't expect plant protection problems from toy guns," said Canadian Food Inspection Agency spokesman Alain Charette.
Intitial tests show that the soil had not been properly treated to remove contaminants prior to shipping.