You remember how much you looked forward to celebrating birthdays—yours, your best classmate, or anyone’s, really—at school? It meant blowing candles on one large cake someone’s mom bought for all of you to share.
Well, Australian kids will no longer have that option with thanks to new hygiene rules dictated by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). According to Time, Australian daycare centers have been told to “provide birthday boys and girls with their own individual cupcakes to blow the candles out, to avoid the spread of germs.”
The Australian Medical Association has scoffed at the regulations. The organization’s head Steve Hambleton told News Ltd., “It’s normal and healthy to be exposed to a certain amount of environmental antigens that build up our immune systems. If you live in a plastic bubble you’re going to get infections [later on] that you can’t handle.”