Toy footballs and plastic balls may be dangerous as toddlers can choke on the balls even though they are bigger than an adult's head, EU officials said.
Following their regulations, toy footballs are now stamped with a warning that they are a choking hazard for the under-threes.
The brightly coloured plastic balls with a circumference of 25in are now marked with the caution: 'Warning! Not suitable for children under three years. Choking hazard,' the Daily mail reported.
One manufacturer, Bellco Sports, which sells tens of thousands of its 1pound 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 Conformite Europeene - translated as European Conformity - to show that they comply with EU legislation and are passed as meeting 'harmonised levels of safety'.