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    Zhu Zhu Pets Update TOXIC

     

    In the end, only you, the consumer, giver, Mom, Dad or other relative will decide what's best for your child.  I'm sure you will make the correct decision.  For me, it's a no brainer.

     

    Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters have been found to be unsafe and possibly toxic. The Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters apparently have a higher-than-allowed level of a chemical called antimony, which could lead to health problems in children. The consumer group that did the review of the product also found dangerous levels of tin in the product as well. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the safest possible toy, the Zhu Zhu Pets hamster only received a 5.2.

    According to the Good Guide Consumer Group, antimony is a metal that has health effects that include possible cancer, lung, and heart problems and could also impact fertility. The problem with antimony is that it is used in the construction of this toy, and it can be released from the plastic in question during use. On the positive side of things, the Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters show no signs of lead, mercury, PVC, cadmium, arsenic, or chromium, all which are dangerous things that can be found in some other children's toys.

    So the main question now becomes what should people do with this information? Zhu Zhu Pets say that their toys are "absolutely safe" and that there is no reason to fear them because they "have gone through the most rigorous testing in the toy industry for consumer health and safety."(1) Now it's going to be at the discretion of parents as to whether or not their kids can have these new Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters, because it is clear that the potential does exist that they could harm children.

    The danger of toys made with any chemicals, is when a kid touches the toy and then touches their mouth, or puts the toy directly in their mouth. That is where the biggest risk lies, and it will be up to parents to decide if it is worth the risk for their children to have the toy. As of now nobody is recommending that the toy be discarded, and there isn't a release from any Government agency stating that this is a toy to be concerned about. Still, the levels of deadly chemicals that were used to construct these Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters do raise a number of red flags.

    Zhu Zhu Pets recall rumors are also going around right now, but as of the publishing of this article there has been no official notification of any recalls.

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