Zhu Zhu Pet Maker: Get Off Mr. Squiggles!

Watchdog site used cheap equipment to back chemical claim
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2009 5:17 PM CST
Zhu Zhu Pet Maker: Get Off Mr. Squiggles!
Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters have invaded the United States! They are currently available at major retailers nationwide.   (Photo: Business Wire)

(Newser) – The maker of Zhu Zhu Pets is aggressively defending one of its toy hamsters against claims by a watchdog group that Mr. Squiggles contains unsafe levels of a dangerous chemical. Tests by an independent lab show the toy does not contain dangerous levels of antimony, as claimed by the GoodGuide website. GoodGuide performed its tests using a cheap X-ray, as opposed to the more rigorous tests the government mandates.

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In tests performed by a lab hired by Cepia LLC, as well as tests by major retailers, the toys passed, the Washington Post reports. "We are 100% confident that Mr. Squiggles, and all other Zhu Zhu Toys, are safe and compliant with all U.S. and European standards for consumer health and safety in toys," Cepia's CEO said in a statement. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating, reports the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Cepia's hometown paper.
(Read more Zhu Zhu Pets stories.)

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