NEW YORK—The best-selling robotic hamsters known as Zhu Zhu Pets have been flagged by an online consumer report website Good Guide as containing high levels of antimony and tin – metals that are dangerous to the human body. But the manufacturer of Zhu Zhu Pets, Cepia LLC, has claimed that their testing proves otherwise.
Good Guide posted on their online consumer buying guide that Zhu Zhu Pets have high levels of toxic elements and are not safe for purchase. This claim has added to the recent outbreak of consumer recalls featuring Slim Fast nutrient beverages and Stork Craft cribs which are confirmed recalls. The allegations made against Zhu Zhu Pets and Cepia LLC have yet to be substantiated.
Cepia LLC released a statement validating the quality of their product. They also sent a report to Good Guide showing their own findings regarding the levels of antimony and tin from their own tests. Cepia LLC said that it was doing its best to find what caused Good Guide to blacklist their product during the Christmas buying season.
Zhu Zhu pets are a series of popular mechanical and electronic hamster toys that usually sell for $10 or less. Due to the recent popularity of the Zhu Zhu pets, stores have had trouble keeping the items in stock and prices have risen up to $40 based on demand.
Zhu Zhu Pets are listed as meeting the standard set forth by the U.S. and European governments regarding product safety. Good Guide's finding regarding the Zhu Zhu Pets' inadequacy has yet to be acknowledged by any government officials.