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Group Claims Zhu Zhu Pets Unsafe

December 8, 2009 7:14 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

Zhu Zhu PetsThe most popular item at the top of most children’s Christmas lists this year could actually be unsafe.

San Francisco-based GoodGuide said the Zhu Zhu Pet hamster contains higher-than-allowed levels of the chemical ‘antimony’ in the toy. Antimony was measured at 93 parts per million in the hamster’s fur and at 106 parts per million in its nose.

The company who makes the toy, St. Louis-based Cepia LLC, says the toy is perfectly safe and plans to share its data with GoodGuide.

Canadians have been racing all over to try and get their hands on a Zhu Zhu Pet. An article last week on Canada.com, said the items are retailing for about $8 each at Walmart and Toys “R” Us, but up to $100 online.

UPDATE: Sounds like the toy is safe. In a statement released late Monday, GoodGuide said, “We should not have compared our results to federal standards. We regret this error.”