Is this season's must-have toy dangerous?

zhu_zhu_hamster_mr_squigglesZhu Zhu hamsters are one of the most popular toys this holiday season, but do the robotic rodents contain unsafe levels of toxins? That’s what the consumer Web site GoodGuide contends. While testing the year’s top 30 toys, they found unsafe levels of antimony, a metal used in textiles and plastics which can cause lung and heart problems, ulcers and diarrhea, on the hamster.

The company that manufactures Zhu Zhu hamsters disputes the findings, maintaining that the toys are safe and have passed the most rigorous testing in the toy industry for consumer health and safety.

Since publishing this post, it has been reported that the Zhu Zhu toys may not violate federal standards.