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Must-Have Zhu Zhu Pets Unsafe?

By Amber Ortega on December 7th, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets are the must-have toy of the season.  I’m already seeing them on Craigslist selling for $40 a piece.  Seriously, an $8 toy is selling for $40 and it’s not even that close to Christmas yet.  This reminds me of the crazy Tickle Me Elmo and Furby crazes of the past.  Even if these are the “must-have” of the year, are they as safe as you would hope them to be?

GoodGuide, a consumer guide based in San Francisco states that Zhu Zhu Pets could be hazardous to your child’s health for a number of reasons.  On a one-to-ten rating scale, GoodGuide rated the Zhu Zhu pets a 5.2. The toy contains phthalates, a chemical that is subject to tough standards by the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act that was approved earlier this year.  They also state there are unsafe levels of antimony, testing at 93 to 106 parts per million, although the standard is 60 parts per million.

The toy manufacturer  denies the fact that their toys are unsafe, stating “All our products are subjected to several levels of rigorous safety testing conducted by our own internal teams, as well as the world’s leading independent quality assurance testing organization, and also by independent labs engaged by our retail partners,” Russ Hornsby, CEO of Cepia, said in a written statement. “The results of every test prove that our products are in compliance with all government and industry safety standards.”


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