thanks for the info..I'm constantly rescuing stuffed elmo's away from Sonny that my nephew leaves around. my first thought is always to save elmo so we don't have a crying toddler…never thought of the possible danger to sonny. and boy does he have a thing for elmo
I shared it on FB, because like Kipawa said, we usually think stuff made for kids is free of dangerous edibles…but of course, most kids don't chew and digest a whole teddy bear!...there really should be a warning on the thing that tells what is inside though...dust mites have to be safer than anti-flammable gel???
What a horrible sad story. I originally came on the forum to post something I saw on Overstock.com. I was trying to find the correct section to post it in. At first I thought I'd make a funny comment like "a stuffless" toy animal for a B, how cruel. Ripping the stuffing out, and trying to spit it off their tongue is cute to watch; my boy used to LOVE destuffing. Never ever gave it a thought. He never ate the stuffing and I watched him when he''d get the squeaker out then I'd take it away so he wouldn't choke.
Then I read this story. Wow. Here's the link to overstock for the toys. Skinneeez Stuffingless Dog Toys
I can only say, I don't have kids of the human kind and the stuffed animals, old and sentimetal, that I have are far out of this pup's reach. Just common sense. My B-boy will de-stuff anything but he only has access to 'dog' toys. I still have a couple of de-stuffed ones laying around that he has fun making sure!
This story has some elements of urban myth in it - see http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/stuffedtoys.asp
As they point out its not only stuffed toys that are treated with anti fungals/bacterials - fillings of duvets/doonas/quilts/comforters/ pillows/cushions/pet beds are all potentially treated with the same chemicals.
Also there is no details that if you wash toy/quilt whether the chemical is removed/reduced.
I would also be very surprised if there were any standards imposed on what is deemed appropriate or safe for pet toys - there seems to be little or no regulation as to what can be fed/added to pet food around the world.
That is not to say that there are very good manufacturers of pet food/toys who take the research upon themselves. However if I went along to my local craft store and bought a commercially available filling, how would I know whether it had been treated or not?