Wednesday, December 26, 2012


No this isn't aimed at the general public, though God alone knows I've run across an increasing number who appear to have opted out of thinking for themselves and allowing the state to do their thinking for them. Still you can always rely on the EU to come up with some idiotic standard only to have companies fall over themselves to comply...
A kickabout in the park might leave many dads suffering after their exertions, but it could have deadly consequences for toddlers – according to EU officials.
Toy footballs now have to be stamped with a warning that they are a choking hazard for the under-threes, despite the balls being bigger than an adult’s head.
The brightly coloured plastic balls with a circumference of 25in – just under the size used in the Premier League – come with the caution: ‘Warning! Not suitable for children under three years. Choking hazard.’
One manufacturer, Bellco Sports, which sells tens of thousands of its £1 balls every year in high streets all over the UK, confirmed it has had to comply with the EU regulations and brand them with the warning.
The balls bear the CE mark, which stands for Conformité Européene – translated as European Conformity – to show that they comply with EU legislation and are passed as meeting ‘harmonised levels of safety’.
My granddaughter is two and I rather doubt her ability to swallow a full sized football, even a deflated on, she was far more likely to have choked on a little green ball of death sprout over Christmas and we had far more in the way of choking hazards around than footballs, most of us wouldn't even recognise a football as a choking hazard. Still that's the way the EU works, someone has justified their (excessive) salary by producing such a ridiculous rule and is probably laughing themselves all the way to the bank at the manufacturers for falling into line to put it on the footballs.
Are we expected to take such rulings seriously? Well try not taking one seriously and see what happens if you don't, swinging fines as an example of opening broadsides springs to mind, imprisonment may also be mentioned.
Sadly though our own governments are not above infantilising the populace so leaving the EU may not protect us from the control freaks in charge.
Still, it would be a good start...

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Anonymous said...

Stonyground says:

Has this story been verified? I only ask because rather a lot of 'ludicrous EU rules' stories turn out to be made up.

I have done risk assessments to gain CE marks for various pieces of industrial machinery as a part of my job. For this reason alone I am suspicious.

Highland Cooncil said...

That a State of WAR between
Dave Allison, Highland Council WATCH and the Highland Council Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd
is hereby formally declared.

Woodsy42 said...

Of course what the manufacturers should do is add the warning, but followed (or preceeded) by a suitably critical message explaining why it's there and why the EU is such a nonsense. Publicity is the best defense against stupidity.

banned said...

"a choking hazard for the under-threes, despite the balls being bigger than an adult’s head."

Sorry, I had to switch off laughing at this point.

Quiet_Man said...

Well Stoneyground, any story from the Mail comes with a pinch of salt. same with any MSM commentary, it's for you to decide whether it's true or not, I just blog on anything that takes my interest.

The Boiling Frog said...
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The Boiling Frog said...

@Stonyground You might want to head over to Witterings from Witney blog

Bucko The Moose said...

It's only a choking hazard for adults as they choke on their own disbelief after reading the label.