Following up on my earlier post about the flap over Mr. Squiggles, the robotic hamster who was quickly exonerated of having too much antimony, I decided to drill down and try and find actual lab test data.

I’ve had some concerns as to whether individual components of Mr. Squiggles, such as his cute little pink nose, have been separately analyzed. All kidding aside, parts such as the nose or limbs are things kids will put in their mouths. It’s an expensive proposition to test different parts of a toy, but different colors, for example, can have different compounds.

I could not locate data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in support of their decision that these Zhu Zhu pets meet standards. However, the  lab data acquired by Mr. Squiggles’ parent company, Cepia LLC, and made available in a report accessible on their web site, does confirm that the lab tested many different parts of Mr. Squiggles, including his nose and ears, and that all heavy metals tested were below any levels of concern.

The tests were according to European standards, designated EN 71, which do appear quite sufficient.  As necessary, these standards get into flammability, organic compounds, and choking dangers (for young children), among other factors.  The data referred to above shows that individual samples of many parts of these hamsters were scraped or snipped off and analyzed using state-of-the-art sample preparation and analytical methods.


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