Are Zhu Zhu Pets Safe Gifts?

Are Zhu Zhu Pets Safe Gifts?


Consumer Product Safety Commission Says Toys Are Safe

It has been said, “Good news travels far, but bad news travels much farther,” a maxim that applies to many areas of our lives. For one toy manufacturer this Christmas season, the bad news has certainly made its rounds. They probably wish that the problem hadn’t spun out of control so quickly!

Popular Gift

Christmas GiftAt issue here is a gift that is popular this year – Mr. Squiggles Zhu Zhu toy hamsters. You may have seen them on early morning talk shows, read about them online, or have seen them at the mall. No matter, these toys are cute, fun, and likely to be opened up as gifts in millions of homes on Christmas morning.

Controversy erupted recently when the GoodGuide consumer advocacy site tested the toys and found excessive levels of toxic material in the hair and on the nose of the toy. The organization gave the toys a 5.2 rating on its 10-point scale and issued a warning to consumers.

Cepia Responds

Immediately, the company producing the zhu zhu toys Cepia, LLC criticized GoodGuide for their findings, contending that the toys were, indeed, safe.

“We are disputing the findings of Good Guide and 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”, said Russ Hornsby, CEO of Cepia LLC.

“All our products are subjected to several levels of rigorous safety testing conducted by our own internal teams, as well as the world’s leading independent quality assurance testing organization, and also by independent labs engaged by our retail partners,” Hornsby said. “The results of every test prove that our products are in compliance with all government and industry safety standards.” (Cepia, LLC:
NEWS FLASH! – Mr. Squiggles Exonerated!

Government Confirms

Soon thereafter, the federal government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed Cepia’s findings stating that the Mr. Squiggles Zhu Zhu pets do not violate the new mandatory toy standard as alleged by GoodGuide. “The popular Zhu Zhu toy is not out of compliance with the antimony or other heavy metal limits of the new U.S. mandatory toy standard.” (Consumer Affairs: CPSC: Zhu Zhu Pets Are Safe for Kids)

The swift reaction by Cepia and quick response by the CPSC likely headed off disaster for the Chinese made toy, although some might contend that the damage has already been done. However, one significant mark of any hot toy’s success is its availability at toy stores – that is if you can find one that hasn’t been price marked up.

Adv. — No matter what gifts you are planning to buy this Christmas, much of what you want is available online. The NBuy Shopping Plaza offers links to more than 5,000 stores including an auto showroom section and home technology page.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".