EU regulators have a new target; children's games. The Telegraph reports that the "EU toy safety directive" recently put in place, bans balloon blowing by unsupervised children, whistles, magnetic fishing games and other party favorites popular during the holidays. EU regulators have been banned children from blowing balloons and playing with certain toys to protect them against the threat of choking and chemicals.
"Despite having been popular favourites for generations of children, party games including whistles and magnetic fishing games are to be banned because their small parts or chemicals used in making them are decreed to be too risky.
Apparently harmless toys that children have enjoyed for decades are now regarded by EU regulators as posing an unacceptable safety risk."
It is unclear how the EU directive will be enforced. In addition to restrictions on party games, the new laws will also impose restrictions on how loud noisy toys "including rattles or musical instruments, are allowed to be."
One European Parliament consumer safety committee member said of the EU regulations, "I would say that this is crackers but I sure children are banned from using them too. EU party poopers should not be telling families how to blow up balloons."
The European Commision insists that the new safety legislations will prevent "horror stories."