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Are Zhu Zhu Pets Harmless Fun or Dangerous Toys?

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 11th, 2009

As with every year, this year there is another hot toy on the market that all of the kids (and their parents) are desperate to get their hands on. This year’s most coveted toy is the Zhu Zhu pet. These robotic hamsters, which simulate many activities of the real pet, have been become enormously popular and have been flying off the shelves. Recently though, according to an Associated Press story, consumer group, GoodGuide, ran safety tests on the popular product and found it to have unsafe levels of the dangerous metal antimony. In one of the models known as “Mr. Squiggles”, the levels of 93 parts per million found in the toy’s fur and 106 parts per million in its nose were well above the permissible level of 60 parts per million.

As reported on Good Morning America, these findings prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate the potential danger. After completing the Zhu Zhu pet investigation, the CPSC has concluded that the antimony levels are acceptable, based on the industry standard type of testing. GoodeGuide has since issued a statement explaining that they measured the levels using an X-ray fluorescence test that shows the amount of heavy metal in the item. The industry standard test, and the one used by the manufacturer of the toy in question, is a leach test which measures how much of the heavy metal will potentially come off of the toy. While GoodeGuide admits it should not have compared their results to industry ones, they still maintain that their findings are concerning.
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