New EU safety directive targets toys

New rules for plush, party games and accessories are set to come into force.
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The Telegraph has reported that the new safety directive, agreed and implemented by the government targets a number of traditional party games including balloons, whistles and whistle blowers.

A number of party games and magnetic games have been identified as posing a risk to children due to small parts and chemicals.

The article reports that whistle blowers, the whistles that scroll out a paper tongue when blown, will be classed as suitable only for children over 14, as it is possible they could pose a risk of choking.

The directive also rules that manufacturers must attach safety warnings to a number of toys, including balloons.

The notes read: ""For latex balloons there must be a warning that children under eight years must be supervised and broken balloons should be discarded."

Alongside party games and toys, the directive has imposed restrictions on the levels of nose emitted from toys including rattles or musical instruments.

All plush designed for children under the age of three will now have to be fully washable to prevent the spread of bacteria and disease in dirty items.

The Daily Mail added that, within the next 18 months scented toys such as Vivid's strawberry-smelling Lots-O’-Huggin’ bear, will be banned because chemicals are used to create the fragrance.

An EU spokesperson commented: "These safety standards have been agreed by the UK together with the other EU member states in order to prevent every parent's worst nightmare."

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