As part of Pet Food Express’ Safety Assurance Program, we are now testing all of our pet toys for lead before they reach our shelves.
Since no lead standards exist for pet products, we have elected to apply the current child safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Pet Food Express has invested in a testing tool that allows us to quickly and accurately scan products for a measurement of total lead concentrations**.
In our initial testing, we discovered several products that contained unacceptably high levels of lead. Although we neither received nor heard any reports of injury associated with any of these products, our own discomfort with allowing even a small risk caused us to notify the manufacturers and pull the products from our shelves.
*We use the Federal Child Safety Standards when testing pet toys.
**The instrument we use is a Niton XLt797Y X-ray fluorescence analyzer from Thermo Scientific. It is a widely used instrument for field and laboratory measurements by both regulatory agencies and businesses.