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Are Zhu Zhu Pets Safe?

submitted on December 7, 2009 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has begun a probe into whether or not Zhu Zhu Pets are unsafe. A California safety organization, Good Guide, has found higher than recommended levels of antimony and tin in the popular rodent toys. The company in charge of importing the toys from China, Cepia, stands behind its products, it said in a statement.

Good Guide bought three of the hot items, knowing the popularity of the Zhu Zhu pets meant that if Zhu Zhu Pets were unsafe, it would be a big issue for consumers. Their tests measured antimony, a heavy metal, at 93 parts per million in the toy's fur and at 106 parts per million in its nose. Both readings exceed the allowable level of 60 parts per million. As a heavy metal, antimony's effects on humans are similar to that of arsenic, according to Good Guide.

Good Guide used a different testing methodology, and their CEO clarifies and defends it at .

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    Posted by YanBz on December 8, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    LA Times says they are safe

    "The Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed today that the popular Zhu Zhu toy is not out of compliance with the antimony or other heavy- metal limits of the new U.S. mandatory toy standard,"
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    Posted by mooncow728 on December 8, 2009
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    These people probably just started this trouble to make other people not want them so they could swoop in and buy them all. LOL Mr Green
    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on December 8, 2009
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      Oooooooohhhh, a new conspiracy theory. I like! Big Grin
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    Posted by HouTex on December 10, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    From U.S. News: Zhu Zhu Pets Are OK
    It turns out that GoodGuide had conducted its test with a hand-held X-ray fluorescence analyzer, which is considered less accurate than the methods required of manufacturers, which test the levels of soluble contaminants in a toy.

    -- When seeking general consumer advice on toys, go with big-name consumer sites like Consumer Reports, U.S. PIRG, and Safe Kids USA, rather than smaller efforts like GoodGuide. ''While we accurately reported the chemical levels in the toys that we measured using our testing method, we should not have compared our results to federal standards,'' GoodGuide said in a written release on the Zhu Zhu Pets flap. ''We regret this error.''

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