Heavy Metals Detected in Dog Toys

September 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm 2 comments

Several news sources today reported on recent testing conducted by Washington Toxics Coalition that found elevated concentrations of potentially toxic metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury in a quarter of the pet products they tested.

The government has not set any standards for hazardous chemicals in pet products.  Some researchers use recommended levels for children as a substitute because pets and small children crawl around on the floor and put products into their mouth potentially exposing them to higher levels of surface contaminants.  Standards for these metals set by ASTM F963-07: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety are 90 ppm for lead, 75 ppm for cadmium and 60 ppm for mercury in children’s products.   

The Washington Toxics Coalition’s press release states:

  • 25% of the 400 pet products tested had detectable levels of lead.
  • 7% of all pet products tested had lead levels greater than 300 ppm – the current Consumer Product Safety Commission standard for lead in children’s products.
  • Nearly half of pet collars had detectable levels of lead; with more than one quarter exceeding 300 ppm.
  • Nearly half of tennis balls tested had detectable levels of lead. Tennis balls intended for pets were more likely to contain lead, while the sports tennis balls tested did not contain lead.

The results can be found on the user-friendly website: http://www.healthystuff.org/departments/pets/. You can look up products by manufacturer, brand, or product type.

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  • 1. Bill Bartmann  |  September 19, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

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  • 2. Luke  |  September 25, 2009 at 1:27 am

    This is really scary. My company makes dog products and we voluntarily underwent testing to make sure they passed California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop 65). http://www.mygooddog.com/docs/MGD%20Prop%2065.pdf
    You can be sure our dog toys are totally safe!

    Thanks for pointing out these results.

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