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Are the popular Zhu Zhu toys safe?

The Chicago Tribune released a story today about a consumer group is contending that this season’s “must have” toy is an unsafe product. Since the “Black Friday” shopping bonanza day, the Zhu Zhu hamster toys have been extremely popular; however, a recent study has highlighted potential concern. A study by a San Francisco group stated that higher-than-allowed levels of antimony (which can cause health problems) were found on the hair and nose of the toys hamsters. Antimony was measured at 93 parts per million in the hamster’s fur and 106 parts per million in its nose. Both of these readings exceed the allowable level of 60 parts per million. Despite this study, the toy’s maker insisted that its product is safe and has passed rigorous safety testing.

Zhu Zhu Pets retail for about $10 and have become this season’s toy craze. In case you missed it, Levin & Perconti wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago about toys to avoid when shopping this holiday season. Shoppers need to be aware that many toys are recalled because of various product liability concerns. Some are choking hazards, others pose burn hazards, and others contain excessive amounts of lead.

Levin & Perconti tries to update the blog often to alert you to recalled products, especially toys. Children are extremely vulnerable to product defects in toys and adults need to ensure that they take every precaution to ensure that toys they purchase are safe. If you are ever concerned, please check out the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission’s and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office websites.

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