Zhu Zhu Pets Toxic? Zhu Zhu Pets Investigation by CPSC for Antimony

Zhu Zhu Pets are not being recalled as of yet, but ever since GoodGuide.com reported that the popular Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters may potentially have toxic levels of antimony, parents and consumers are wisely concerned. UPDATE BELOW!

The Consumer Protection Safety Committee (CPSC) released a brief statement today about their intentions to investigate the safety of Zhu Zhu Pet toys.

The CPSC’s Official Statement regarding the investigation of whether or not Zhu Zhu Pets are toxic and unsafe and need to be recalled, or not, is as follows:

“CPSC is working especially hard this time of year to ensure that toys are safe for all children. The agency is proactively evaluating certain toys and we are working with consumer groups to test toys that have been brought to our attention.

Parents should know that there is a new child safety law that went into place this year that:

1) lowers lead in toys to some of the lowest levels in the world,

2) bans certain phthalates from toys, and

3) puts federal limits on heavy metals like antimony from being in surface coatings on toys.

CPSC is looking into the Zhu Zhu pet toy and we will complete our review swiftly. With new safety measures in place for children and toy recalls down from previous years, consumers can have greater confidence when shopping this year and in the CPSC.”

Anyone who has purchased the Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster toy is advised to hold onto their receipt in case of a recall. Again, at the moment, there is NO recall underway.

ETA: “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,” agency spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

“We will still do our own independent testing at CPSC. But we’re confident today and can confirm that the toy does not violate the very protective antimony standard that applies to all toys in the United States,” Wolfson said.

Monday afternoon, GoodGuide began backtracking and released a statement that clarified its testing methods and apologized for comparing its findings to federal standards.

“Since issuing our release, we have learned that the testing methodology used in the federal standards (a soluble method) is different than the methodology we used in our testing (a surface-based method),” the San Francisco group said. “Accordingly, 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. We regret this error.”

Needless to say, Cepia LLC is furious! and strongly denied any safety hazards in the Mr. Squiggles hamster, blasting the GoodGuide consumer group for taking its erroneous findings public without first contacting the St. Louis manufacturer. (Well DUH! It’s Christmas!)

“They accused us falsely of having high levels of antimony and tin in Mr. Squiggles by using a methodology that is not used by any federal standards,” said Natalie Hornsby, Cepia’s vice president of marketing. “Their testing was certainly not comprehensive and certainly not at the government standard.”

Toys R Us commented in a statement saying,  “All test reports we have clearly indicate that the Zhu Zhu Pets product meets all federal safety requirements”. Wow, talk about LOUSY TIMING! Zhu Zhu Pets are NOT TOXIC after all! Enjoy your little Zhu Zhu Pets kids!

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