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December 08, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets recall over antimony

There's a little scare going on about Zhu Zhu Pets, those mechanical hamsters that are apparently the must have gift this Christmas.

They've been made, or at least one of the different colours has, using antimony. And as ew all know antimony is poisonous.

Arrrgh!

Actually, there's a decent piece here on Zhu Zhu petra and antimony.

You see, antimony is poisonous, yes, but then so is water. It really depends upon what the dose is, for as Paracelsus told us, the poison is the dose.

And we know what the safe limit for antimony is: 60 ppm. Well, actually, that's about 100 th of what we think the safe dose is, because that's the way that we set safe doses.

The Zhu Zhu pets are at about 120 ppm. That is, 2% of the safe dose instead of 1%.

Woo, scary, ain't it?

December 8, 2009 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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