A ban on some chemicals and on packaging toys as giveaways with foods are among the key points in a revision of the EU’s safety standards on toys. Enterprise Commissioner Guenther Verheugen said he wanted to limit the quantity of chemicals used in toys, such as lead paint, and wanted a complete ban on toys containing carcinogens across the bloc from 2009.
Monique Goyens, director of European Consumers’ Bureau BEUC, said: “This modelling clay had sparklies we didn’t know what were made of, so we asked for labelling. Then, there’s also a smell, which proves a perfume’s been added. Now, all perfumes are allergenic, therefore we asked that they be banned in toys.”
Under the first overhaul of European Union toy safety rules since 1998, Verheugen wanted stricter rules on packaging toys as gifts with food items: “We will ban toys where children have to eat, chocolate for instance, before the children can get to the toy. For instance, there is jelly here and in the jelly we have a ring, and the children can only have the ring if he chews the jelly; So: that will be banned.” The commissioner deemed a world-known chocolate egg that comes with a miniature toy in it was acceptable.