Fw: Itchmo Pet Safety Alert: Lead And Other Metals Found In Wal-Mart Pet Toys
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- Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 06:44:28 -0400
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Expertox, a Texas lab, has found elevated levels of lead, chromium, and
cadmium in two Chinese-made pet toys sold at Wal-Mart. But two
veterinarians said the levels found by the lab are not a health risk to
cats and dogs.
The lab was hired by ConsumerAffairs.com to test two dog toys and two cat
toys for heavy metals and other toxins.
A dog chew toy, a green monster, tested positive for what the lab
categorizes as high levels of lead and chromium. The lab detected lead
levels of 907.4 micrograms per kilogram (almost one part per million).
Chromium was found at levels of 334.9 micrograms per kilogram. Levels of
cadmium, arsenic and mercury were also found in the green monster toy.
The lab said with that kind of concentration, if a dog puts the toy in his
mouth and chews or licks it, he is being exposed to a good amount of lead
and runs the risk of metal toxicity that may shorten his life.
Expertox said a cloth catnip toy also tested positive for a "tremendous
amount" of the toxic metal cadmium. The levels of cadmium found were 236
micrograms per kilogram.
Two other Wal-Mart pet toys were analyzed, a cloth hedgehog for dogs and a
plastic dumbbell toy for cats. Expertox found cadmium in those two pet
toys, but the lab toxicologist said the levels found were similar to the
amount in one cigarette and not considered significant.
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