Just when you thought we might be past all the pet food recalls from Chinese manufacturers, up crops problems with human toys. Gee, if human toys are a problem, I can’t imagine there would be a problem with Chinese made pet toys, right?
Not surprisingly, a US lab found high levels of toxins in Chinese made pet toys. From the consumeraffairs.com website:
Two Chinese-made toys for pets sold at Wal-Mart stores contain elevated levels of lead, chromium, and cadmium, according to a forensic toxicologist whose lab tested the products for ConsumerAffairs.com.
Two veterinarians, however, said the levels of toxic metals found in the toys do not pose a health risk to dogs or cats. Whether the toys are a hazard to children and adults who handle them isn’t clear.
ConsumerAffairs.com hired ExperTox Analytical Laboratory in Texas to test four imported toys for pets — two for dogs and two for cats — for heavy metals and other toxins.
One of the dog toys — a latex one that looks like a green monster — tested positive for what the lab’s toxicologist said are high levels of lead and the cancer-producing agent chromium.
A cloth catnip toy also tested positive for “a tremendous amount” of the toxic metal cadmium, the lab said.
ExperTox also analyzed two other Chinese-made pet toys – a cloth hedgehog for dogs and a plastic dumbbell toy for cats. The lab detected cadmium in those toys, but said the levels were “about the amount you’d find in one cigarette” and not considered significant.
ConsumerAffairs.com purchased the four pet toys earlier this month at a Wal-Mart store in Kansas City, Missouri. All the toys had a tag attached that read “Marketed by Wal-Mart stores and Made in China.”
Forensic toxicologist Dr. Ernest Lykissa, Ph.D., director of ExperTox’s lab, described the levels of heavy metals in the green monster and catnip toys as potentially toxic and said Wal-Mart should pull the products off the market.
You can find the rest of the story here.
Frankly, I’m not taking any chances. If you purchased any of these items, take them back. Even better, if you purchased any dog or cat toy that has the label “made in China”, take it back & tell the store why. Our pets deserve better than this.
Even though I’ve never purchased a toy from Wal-Mart, I’m even going to go one step further and never purchase another “made in China” toy. From now on I’ll be reading each toy label & if it is made in China, it goes back on the shelf.
We will be in search of great toys to feature here & we want to hear from you on great “made in the USA” toys for our pups.
Thanks to Gina & Pet Connection for the tip-off to the product testing.