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December 8, 2009

Christmas is saved! Zhu Zhus are safe

Posted: 02:29 PM ET

By Melanie Trottman and Ann Zimmerman via Wall Street Journal

Federal product-safety regulators are continuing to look into allegations by a little-known consumer group that one model of the hot-selling Zhu Zhu toy hamster contains excessive levels of a toxic chemical even as the group acknowledged an "error" in how it portrayed the results.

The product's maker, Cepia LLC, said Monday that the toy is completely safe and that the consumer group GoodGuide.com used an "inferior" testing methodology. GoodGuide.com on Monday said the testing methodology it used involved testing the product's surface rather than solubility, the amount of a chemical that dissolves in liquid, as used by federal test standards.

"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," GoodGuide.com said in a prepared statement.

"Zhu Zhu Pets products are tested by our internal teams at the point of production, and reviewed by our independent third party testing agency," said Cepia Chief Executive Russ Hornsby, in a statement Monday. GoodGuide was unavailable to comment.

Retailer Toys "R" Us Inc. said test reports "clearly indicate that the Zhu Zhu Pets product meets all federal safety requirements, as well as safety requirements in other countries."

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glen chatfield   December 8th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

you care about stupid things than your grandson is suffering for doing the things he is suppose to do like living.


A. Smith, Oregon   December 8th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

Unfortunately for the Zhu Zhu Pets products manufacturing team, the Bush-Cheney administration had previously gutted import inspectors which resulted in tens of thousands of toys and child products not being testing prior to being placed into the hands of domestic retailers.

The resulting uproar and backlash upon the entire Republican party for such horrific errors in judgment and lack of ethical oversight for the care of America's children resulted in America overreacting to any perceived threat or problem regarding child safety from toxic minerals and chemicals.

It certainly isn't stupid when pets die from un-inspected pet food, nor is it acceptable for children to become poisoned with lead or mercury because Republican lawmakers wanted to repay their corporate sponsors.

What is un-acceptable is the chronic and routine gutting of essential services by Republican lawmakers which place America's children and loved ones in direct harm.


Ted   December 9th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

A recent scientific research proved that the plastic toys from China have up to hundred times more poisoneus addetives than the official safe limit.
Even tires are safer, because they have lower contamination.
So play it safe and buy for your child for Christmas a nice BMW tire.


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