European Union threatens regulatory action against unsafe toys


The European Commission vowed on Friday to take urgent “regulatory” action against toys deemed to be unsafe after recent high-profile recalls of Chinese-made products from US company Mattel.

The European Union’s executive arm said that it would decide on taking action after meeting “in early autumn” with experts from the EU’s 27 member states on the safety of toys following the recalls.

“The discussion with the member states will help the Commission to determine what type of preventive action these risks would justify,” it said in a statement.

“The Commission will not hesitate to have recourse to regulatory, emergency measures if necessary,” it added without elaborating what the action could consist of.