U. S. Agency: Zhu Zhu toys conform to safety standards

“We have not tested the toys using the new government standard for the toy company to determine the” soluble “the level of contaminants in a toy,” O’Rourke admits in a blog published on Monday GoodGuide.In a press release, GoodGuide said the “more-than-allowed the presence” of antimony on toys “can be produced, and the problems and impacts.”

“CPSC is examining the toy animals and Zhu Zhu complete our quick review,” the CPSC said in a statement.

GoodGuide, a new consumer group, said Monday that its tests showed that the plush produces dangerous levels of antimony, a heavy metal.

“Mr. Squiggles is absolutely safe and has passed the most rigorous tests in the field of toys to health and safety of consumers,” says Cepia in a press release.

GoodGuide Thanks to the complaint, the CPSC said it will conduct its own tests on toys. Wolfson said the CPSC GoodGuide takes seriously the claim, but the investigation does not mean that the toy should be considered dangerous.

Antimony is a silvery white metal, usually mixed with other metals for use in batteries, solder, sheet and metal pipes, ammunition, and tin. Antimony can affect health at levels above 60 parts per million.

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission denies the allegations that Zhu Zhu Pets, one of the hottest-selling toy this holiday season, are contaminated with dangerous levels of antimony.

It ‘just is not so, says Cepia LLC, the company that makes Mr. Squiggles Zhu Zhu and other Pets. To prove this, Cepia published the results of laboratory tests of a highly respected independent pre. Unlike GoodGuide tests, the report of the Bureau Veritas Laboratories shows that none of the levels of caries Zhu Zhu Pets antimony or any other dangerous contaminants.

“After meeting with the company and examine the results of independent tests that have used the test procedures on the right, we found this toy does not violate a new standard for toy safety which covers federal and other heavy metals antimony,” CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson WebMD.

A review of these tests by the CPSC shows that they were conducted properly – unlike the GoodGuide test that used a scanning technology that does not give definitive results of security for antimony.

GoodGuide tests for contaminants using a portable XRF gun called The test can detect antimony, but can not accurately measure the levels of toxic lead. This requires a different test, called the solubility test.

GoodGuide, which began in September 2008, a group led by Dara O’Rourke consumers J., PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. The group of subjects rating of toys and other products based on product ingredients, testing for contaminants, and those responsible for social policies.