Zhu Zhu Poisonous Hamsters
Everyone wants a Go Go Hamster until we heard in the news that they were coated in lethal antimony. Does anyone else think that rumour was started by some parents who didn't want to have to fight for the last one on the shelf?
But now we hear the official word is "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."
Firstly, isn't antimony a strange name for a metal? It sounds more like a noun defined as 'the opposite of marriage'.
Secondly, it's still a poison. Just because the levels of this poison are lower than the US says is OK doesn't make it right. This is a country that lets people buy guns? Are you really going to take their advice on lethal issues?
The Zhu Zhus are one of the hottest toys of the festive season, up there with toy meerkats from the adverts.
The hamsters contain antimony, it's an irritant that can cause breathing problems, ulcers and diarrhoea. Just like watching those flippin' meerkat ads!
[This is the second hamster news story of the week, read the other here]