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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

UPDATE: Zhu Zhu Pets ruled safe by feds



Zhu-zhu You may now resume your frantic hunt for the last of these robotic robots. In response to concern by consumer Web site, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has found the mechanized hamsters are safe for little ones to play with.

GoodGuide, the consumer site that first raised the issue, has apologized and explained its error: "Since issuing our release, we have learned that the testing methodology used in the federal standards (a soluble method) is different than the methodology we used in our testing (a surface-based method)," the San Francisco group said. "Accordingly, 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."

It looks like slacker moms like me who refused to stand in line for hours on Black Friday to snap up the robot rodent Zhu Zhu Pets, just got a break. The consumer Web site Good Guide has raised alerts that it could be unsafe because of some of the chemicals used in its manufacturing.

See kids? It wasn't that Mommy was sleeping in -- it's that she was just protecting you.Or was it that they were out of stock anyway?

The light-brown version of the Zhu Zhu hamsters, "Mister Squiggles," has unsafe levels of antimony, according to Dara O'Rourke, co-founder of the California-based GoodGuide.

"We found levels of about 93 to 106 parts per million," O'Rourke told CNN. "The new federal standard is about 60 parts per million."

Nonsense says the manufacturer,  St. Louis, Missouri-based Cepia LLC. Russ Hornsby, CEO of Cepia, said in a written statement. "The results of every test prove that our products are in compliance with all government and industry safety standards."

The government's Consumer Product's Safety Commission has announced it will look into the matter and issue a recall if warranted. Stay tuned.

-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:04am]


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