Easter reminder: Kinder Eggs banned in the United States
April 21st, 2011
08:01 PM ET

Easter reminder: Kinder Eggs banned in the United States

Not all eggs are created equal in the eyes of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Kinder Eggs, a popular European chocolate egg that contains a toy inside, is banned from importation into the United States because it contains a "non-nutritive object embedded in it."

With the Easter holiday around the corner, the agency issued the reminder this week, warning that the candy is considered unsafe for children under 3. Last year, Customs and Border Protection seized 25,000 of them in 1,700 incidents.

The hollow egg, which is sold by the Italian confectioner Ferrero, is available in Europe, Canada, Australia and parts of Latin America under various names including Kinder Surprise and Kinder Sorpresa. It has taken on a cult status among adults who collect the toys, which vary from rings to animals and cartoon characters.

Kinder Eggs' scarcity in the United States has made them an object of desire: Various websites and online forums are dedicated to acquiring them.

Some are apparently hiding in plain sight. Earlier this week, DNAinfo.com, a New York City neighborhood guide, posted a story and slideshow showing stores where the coveted treats can be found.

"While there are some commercial-sized seizures that occur, most Kinder Eggs are seized in personal baggage or at mail and express consignment facilities," Customs and Border Protection said.

A Canadian woman reportedly learned her lesson the hard way.

The woman was selected for a random search at a border checkpoint in Minnesota when officials discovered she was carrying a Kinder Egg and took it from her, The Toronto Star reported.

A few weeks later, she received a 7-page letter asking if she wanted the egg back or if she was going to abandon rights to it, the Star reported.

"I was in disbelief," she told the newspaper. "It's a $2 egg."

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  1. bump39

    You know what, I live in Europe and my friend says to me, "so you won't give your kids small toys, but guns are totally fine." This is why the world thinks Americans are a bunch of morons.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Canadia

    So in the Mexican border, US customs are fighting to stop illegal aliens and drug smuggling. In the Canadian border, they're stopping an egg toy to cross the border? You've got to be kidding me right?

    April 22, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sad to be American

    It's crazy just reading about this ban. Has our country gone nuts?! There are people lobbying to allow kids to bring guns to school, but it's not ok to give them a chocolate egg with a toy inside (which most kids are smart enough to know not to eat, by the way. Well, maybe only non-American kids). Get a grip people!!

    April 22, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. JuJU Beans

    yes, the government hard at work. I feel safer knowing I am being protected from such a hideous unseen evil.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sevinthseal

    Toys in Happy Meals are ok. But toys in chocolate Easter eggs are not ok. This message is brought to you by Hershey's, Nestle and Cadbury.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. coconews

    @Dave ..there are a lot of kids who choked to death..every year...On PAPCORN, SMALL CANDY,SALADS,CARROTS...FOOD AND DRINKS...AND SMALL TOYS...Should we ban all of all this ?@ ccincalit- you can't open plastic egg ,by small child ,I have a hard time to open them for my daughter.- e.y..I would sue a parent who doesnt keep an eye on the child while giving him / her small toys to play with.It is a joke that China produce a lot of contaminated sweets & food filled with " non- food additives" -chemicals that you can also made a rubber or plastics!!!.. Sends to U.S and people are buying as we speek...and IT'S O.K by U.S standards...even with that law from 1930 !!!!!! PURE DUMMY

    April 22, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sardukar

    American children are special...

    April 22, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ostap Bender

    America is, indeed, a land of cretins.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. ricepatty

    In years gone by, it was often a goal to live in America. Wth all the unbelievable rules, regulations, and distorted crap that takes place in AMARAKA now, living there is definitely NOT something the majority of world citizens would definitely not want to wish on their worst enemy. KinderEgg surprize is a TOY, folks ... A TOY! Unbelievable!

    April 22, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cyndee

    Fine, then lets ban Lego's, Tinker Toys, Kinex, marbles, jacks, the list goes on and on. IT IS THE PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF WHAT GOES IN THEIR CHILDS MOUTHS!!! Stop worring about KINDER EGGS AND FOCUS ON MORE IMPORTANT STUFF!! THE DRUGS COMING INTO OUR COUNTRY FAR OUT WEIGH THE WORRY OF TOYS FOR OUR KIDS! The TOYS are inside a nother plastic egg, surrounded by the HOLLOW EGG!! JEEZ, get a grip!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. coconews

    A TIP TO ALL OF YOU ON CHOKING...KIDS ..... you have to turn the kid UP SIDE DOWN – I have done that twice. It works...

    April 22, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • gedwards

      An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sounds like little kids should avoid you since they tend to start choking on something in your presence.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. ann

    Kinder eggs are soooo good! We lived in Italy for a couple years and those eggs were our kids favorites-they were 2 and 4 at the time. I watched over them while they opened/ate those eggs. Really, speechless that the gov't has banned these eggs...seriously...almost comical. Use good parenting judgement instead-know your own kid and what they put in their mouths.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. patti

    I introduced my son to these eggs a few years ago. It was a nice memory from my time overseas that I was able to share with him. Im so bummed. I thought they were just hard to get this year not banned. He will b so sad and me too!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. gabluefox

    Let's get really real! They mess up our Chocolate with some dumb toy! PROTECT THE CHOCOLATE!!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. OMG... How Sad!

    I served in the US Army in Frankfurt, FRG back in the mid-80s. Even back then these eggs were all the rage and I used to ship them home by the box all the time. Ten years later in the mid-90s I went back to Germany for a business trip and brought back dozens for co-workers who not only devoured the better-than-average chocolate, but absolutely DELIGHTED in the clever, detailed toys inside. I don't know why we need Big Brother telling us these are unsafe! It should come down to a properly labeled wrapper/box and personal responsibility!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
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