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EU bans children blowing up balloons, claims Boris

Boris Johnson was today at the centre of a new row after claiming the EU bans children below the age of eight from blowing up balloons.

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The London mayor made his remarks during his final question and answer session before members of the London Assembly.

Johnson was asked to list EU directives he would scrap.

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The animal hygiene directive which says you have to bury your sheep seems totally deranged to me... I think the directive which says kids under the age of eight can't blow up a balloon.

– BORIS JOHNSON MP, MAYOR OF LONDON

Johnson's comment appeared to echo newspaper reports from 2011 referring to EU warning labels on some latex balloons.

The 'balloon ban' was later rubbished by EU officials who said the warnings called for children under eight to be 'supervised'.

The EU have never banned children from blowing up balloons as Boris well knows. There is a big difference between recommending adult supervision for eight year olds after a number of fatal accidents and Boris' childish rhetoric.

– LEN DUVALL, LABOUR LONDON ASSEMBLY MEMBER