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Zhu Zhu Pets concerns, safety tips for toys this holiday

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Zhu Zhu Pets were among the stars of Black Friday, as eager shoppers lined up to snag a must-have of the holiday season.

It wasn’t long before the toy hamsters sparked a different kind of frenzy. California consumer group Good Guide raised concerns about some of the toys carrying high levels of antimony; a potentially hazardous substance that can lead to heart and lung problems with prolonged exposure.

It’s a claim the toys’ manufacturer firmly disputed, calling the Good Guide method of testing inferior. Good Guide later said they used a different test than what the federal government uses for their standards.

Whether it’s a Zhu Zhu Pet or another item that tops your little one’s wish list, keep basic safety tips in mind before you buy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:
— Read labels and choose gifts that are age-appropriate for a child.
— Think large. Avoid toys with smaller parts that children can choke on.
— Look for sturdy construction, and parts that won’t easily break off. That way it’s less likely children will swallow parts, or choke on them.

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Concerns about one of the hottest toys of the holiday season stirred up a frenzy among parents whose kids are clamoring for the Zhu Zhu robotic hamsters. But no matter what toys you plan to give, there are some safety tips to keep in mind.

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