Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Toys in confectionery products

Delivered in Plenary - February 26th 2004

Mr President

I would like to raise the issue of the suppression of the report commissioned by the STOA panel on the risks of small plastic toys in confectionery products. I am informed that the official statistics used by the authors significantly underestimate the true number of incidents which made them conclude that these products only pose a low risk to small children.

Would you agree with me, Mr President, that the report should now be published without delay? Given the limits on the remit of the report, would you also press the Commission to undertake a comprehensive and full survey on this subject and evaluate the true number of additional incidents being reported by doctors, parents and others?