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(Daily Mail)   The EU is requiring a warning label be placed on __________ to give notice that toddlers can choke on them. A) Marbles. B) Lego pieces. C) Soccer balls   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 93
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2012-12-25 11:51:53 PM
25 inches? Who the fark came up with that standard? Sasha Grey??
 
2012-12-26 12:03:23 AM
shiat Ian, it's a Spalding.  He's serious.
 
2012-12-26 12:09:16 AM
Can they be deflated and if so to what size?
 
2012-12-26 12:11:02 AM
I'd bet this would make sense if a journalist had been involved and asked why the rule exists. But, it's the fail.
 
2012-12-26 12:11:31 AM
Yes, but only on the soccer balls used by Wigan.
 
2012-12-26 12:13:09 AM
European children have very large mouths.
 
2012-12-26 12:13:51 AM
Did Europeans start breeding with snakes or something? How the hell is a toddler gonna choke on a soccer ball?

/be smothered by a deflated soccer ball, I can understand, but this...
 
2012-12-26 12:13:59 AM
Wilson!
 
2012-12-26 12:14:08 AM

12349876: Can they be deflated and if so to what size?


If the ball is thrown into a wood chipper it could potentially choke an entire classroom. The warning is warranted.
 
2012-12-26 12:19:49 AM
If soccer balls actually choked their adult users the world would be a better place
 
2012-12-26 12:21:34 AM
They likely just use the US standards
 
2012-12-26 12:22:18 AM
The 'choking hazard' label is often a catch-all that includes suffocation. My heavy duty construction garbage bags are practically impossible to swallow by any normal human, but they have a choking hazard warning on the box and on each bag. And I'm sure a deflated ball could suffocate a child just as easily as a garbage bag.
 
2012-12-26 12:23:12 AM
Welcome to Obama's America.

/Really? I'm the first?
 
2012-12-26 12:24:59 AM

davidphogan: I'd bet this would make sense if a journalist had been involved and asked why the rule exists. But, it's the fail.


I Googled but couldn't find much more info. "Football choking hazard" brings up two other articles from October. The comment from Bellco is included in both:

Irish manufacturer Bellco Sports has defended the warning, claiming it is required under by EU health and safety laws.

Right now my money's on this company simply misunderstanding the rule. Maybe they're confusing centimeters with inches? A 25 inch standard doesn't make much sense for countries who all use the metric system.
 
2012-12-26 12:27:19 AM
Perhaps they use Canadian inch standard ?
 
2012-12-26 12:28:17 AM
"Bocce balls!"
 
2012-12-26 12:29:10 AM

fusillade762: I Googled but couldn't find much more info. "Football choking hazard" brings up two other articles from October. The comment from Bellco is included in both:


In other words, rather than "The EU is requiring..." it's "Some deranged Irish manufacturer claims that the EU is requiring, and nobody else thinks that."

Best guess: the manufacturer makes a lot of other toys that really do match the EU choking hazard standard, and some lazy bugger in the graphics department copied it into the packaging for this one. Rather than admit they'd screwed up, they decided to blame it on the EU, because after all, the Daily Fail will always believe anything you tell them that makes the EU look bad.
 
2012-12-26 12:29:37 AM

The EU policy makers need to have a word with our friends across the pond... Those assault rifles are a definite choking hazard
- Tom , Essex, 26/12/2012 03:59


Lolz....
 
2012-12-26 12:30:51 AM
Just unhinge the jaw
 
2012-12-26 12:31:25 AM

fusillade762: Right now my money's on this company simply misunderstanding the rule. Maybe they're confusing centimeters with inches? A 25 inch standard doesn't make much sense for countries who all use the metric system.


25cm is still nearly a foot.

25mm is where it gets reasonable.
 
2012-12-26 12:33:46 AM
Perhaps if any farkers who've choked on some balls in the past would come forward with their stories we'de stand a better chance of understanding this thing.
 
2012-12-26 12:36:37 AM
Just imagine the poor woman who has to call up a sporting goods store and tell the owner that his balls are a choking hazard.
 
2012-12-26 12:38:10 AM

Porous Horace: Perhaps if any farkers who've choked on some balls in the past would come forward with their stories we'de stand a better chance of understanding this thing.


aargh.... once again I remind myself I must hit refresh before making the obvious joke.
 
2012-12-26 12:38:12 AM

fusillade762: davidphogan: I'd bet this would make sense if a journalist had been involved and asked why the rule exists. But, it's the fail.

I Googled but couldn't find much more info. "Football choking hazard" brings up two other articles from October. The comment from Bellco is included in both:

Irish manufacturer Bellco Sports has defended the warning, claiming it is required under by EU health and safety laws.

Right now my money's on this company simply misunderstanding the rule. Maybe they're confusing centimeters with inches? A 25 inch standard doesn't make much sense for countries who all use the metric system.


My guess was that the plug to keep air in was a choking hazard, but why fix the problem if you can blame someone else?
 
2012-12-26 12:38:21 AM
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/toys/files/tsd_explanatory_guid ance_document_en.pdf

This would be the entire EU Toy Safety Directive. There is no specification for the size of an object required for a choking warning, and the only time the number 25 is used for a size, it has nothing to do with choking.
 
2012-12-26 12:40:53 AM
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:170:00 01:0037:EN:PDF

Apologies, that was an explanation of the directive, this is the directive. The word choking exists only once, and has no relation to a size. The number "25" is never used for a size.
 
2012-12-26 12:42:30 AM
The only living thing I could find that choked on a soccer ball was a farking catfish, and I have my suspicions about that:

Link
 
2012-12-26 12:43:17 AM

davidphogan: I'd bet this would make sense if a journalist had been involved and asked why the rule exists. But, it's the fail.


Yep. The story is a lie.

This is how the Daily Fail riles up their readers. They publish a story that is mostly a lie and feeds an existing perception of their readership. In this case, the perception that government is worthless and makes regulations just to make regulations.

As others have found, it was the ball manufacturer, not the EU that very probably made the mistake.

Reporting that a private company put the wrong label on their products wouldn't feed the Daily Fail's dogma of blaming government for everything. So the Fail blame the EU. Fark then greenlights yet another Daily Fail "Government is bad" lie, again.

/are all the mods "Fark Independents"?
 
2012-12-26 12:43:57 AM
Directive 2009/48/EC

Blasted links. Work!
 
2012-12-26 12:46:59 AM

Ehcks: fusillade762: Right now my money's on this company simply misunderstanding the rule. Maybe they're confusing centimeters with inches? A 25 inch standard doesn't make much sense for countries who all use the metric system.

25cm is still nearly a foot.

25mm is where it gets reasonable.


25cm is less than 10 inches. 25mm is less than an inch, which seems a tad on the small side, but who knows.
 
2012-12-26 12:47:17 AM

RandomRandom: This is how the Daily Fail riles up their readers. They publish a story that is mostly a lie and feeds an existing perception of their readership. In this case, the perception that government is worthless and makes regulations just to make regulations.


And the people who would believe it never do their research. The people who would do the research have probably done so before and already don't believe it.
 
2012-12-26 12:51:28 AM
Far better article on that page, especially if you are nostalgic for those days where National Geographic was your own personal Red Tube

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2252955/Rape-provoking-minis ki rts-crop-tops-banned-king-Swaziland-offenders-facing-months-jail.html? ICO=most_read_module

(Not safe for work)
 
2012-12-26 12:54:58 AM
People complain about excessive lawsuits, then when something like this label thing happens, there's complaints about that. Myself, I'll take the labels over some lawyer making a fast buck over any kind of stupid case involving soccer balls.
 
2012-12-26 12:59:31 AM
There should be no warnings, on anything. The more people who die off the better the world becomes. If they are old enough to understand then they were too stupid to live. If they are too young then they have not yet contributed anything to society so it is no big loss.
 
2012-12-26 01:00:24 AM

Ehcks: Directive 2009/48/EC

Blasted links. Work!


Ah, nice find. Here's a link directly to the relevant document.

I don't see ANYTHING in there regarding hard and fast size limits for toys. There's something in there about a "small ball test" with a picture, but I have no clue what it means.

i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-12-26 01:12:51 AM
No one cares.
 
2012-12-26 01:13:34 AM
if that's millimeters that would be less than 2 inches across.
 
2012-12-26 01:13:57 AM
organized bullshiat
 
2012-12-26 01:14:48 AM
freedom
 
2012-12-26 01:16:17 AM
CCTVs
 
2012-12-26 01:20:45 AM
Big Fat American Pride Balls
 
2012-12-26 01:23:26 AM
One of the comments: "Welcome to the world of crazy. We have crayons."

I am out of crayons...
 
2012-12-26 01:26:12 AM
If anyone wants to see where soccer balls would pretty much be excluded from having to carry a warning label, it's right here:

ANNEX II
PARTICULAR SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
I. Physical and Mechanical Properties...
3. Toys must be designed and manufactured in such a way as not to present any risk or only the minimum risk
inherent to their use which could be caused by the movement of their parts.
4. (a) Toys and their parts must not present a risk of strangulation.
(b) Toys and their parts must not present a risk of asphyxiation by closing off the flow of air as a result of
airway obstruction external to the mouth and nose.
(c) Toys and their parts must be of such dimensions as to not present a risk of asphyxiation by closing off the
flow of air as a result of internal airway obstruction by objects wedged in the mouth or pharynx or lodged
over the entrance to the lower airways.


I think a soccer ball is going to fit under Annex II, Part 1, No. 4(c).
 
2012-12-26 01:31:06 AM
Warning: do not taunt happy fun soccer ball.
 
2012-12-26 01:33:33 AM
Oooh oooh! Are we playing Cards Against Humanity?
Hmm, I play... Anal beads!
 
2012-12-26 01:55:40 AM
The hazard is all the dick they will choke on because soccer is gay.

/Murican
 
2012-12-26 02:08:47 AM

Gawdzila: Oooh oooh! Are we playing Cards Against Humanity?
Hmm, I play... Anal beads!


Kids with Ass Cancer
 
2012-12-26 02:12:22 AM
fusillade762
I don't see ANYTHING in there regarding hard and fast size limits for toys. There's something in there about a "small ball test" with a picture, but I have no clue what it means.


The dimensions are millimeters and as far as I can tell, you can use that drawing as a template to cut a circular hole of the given size into some firm plate and if a ball falls through, it's too small.
 
2012-12-26 02:34:22 AM
That's from an older version (EN71-1:1998) instead of 2011:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-26 02:41:31 AM
Wait until they find out these are outside.
4.bp.blogspot.com

/the horror
 
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