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. scubagirl

    I love Kinder Eggs. The toys inside are so cute and creative. I would be more concerned about my kids choking on Polly Pockets or Barbie accessories. Is the US going to ban those?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beto

    So you can bring tequila from Mexico drink it and probably be more dangerous than a kinder egg

    April 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BvT

    Folks, The reporter did a poor job of describing the hazard. The egg encloses a tiny plastic toy that's easily swallowed by an adult to say nothing of a child. There's plenty of great candy out there, but I wouldn't let this thing anywhere within reach of a child. It's dangerous. Trust me on that. We're far too litigious a society to risk this.

    Oh, and for the opportune president bashers, let me remind you that they were banned under a Republican president. These have been illegal for years. Your Obama bashing here belies your ignorance of what the real issue is.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hbockoven

    Don't king cakes used in Mardi Graws contain a plastic figure? It did the last time I was down south and a tradition and they could me bough damn near everywhere during the season. What is the difference? Kids eat dirt and put everything in their mouths. Should they spend their infancy and early childhood in straight jackets?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Curt

    So Toys inside chocolate should be stopped at the border. But genetically modified foods and radiated food is fine. The public will never know, unless there's a physical toy inside!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. erzhik

    I grew up eating kinder surprise. And guess what, I managed not to choke on them. Why? Because the toy is sealed in a capsule, a capsule that no 3 year old can open. And if your child is a complete retard, then of course he will choke (probably for the best). But if your child has even a slightest functionality of his/her brain, he will understand that the toy should not be eaten. Most kids don't even care about the toy, its the chocolate they love. I mean, its delicious. I would buy a whole box right now, even though I'm 25. I guess its ok for american kids to eat crappy food at mcdonald's, but not ok to eat a small chocolate with a toy inside. Yeah, you go America!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Curt

    Or how about the toxic stuff a microwave popcorn bag is apparently made out of.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herr Mayer

    I proposed to my wife by placing her ring in a Kinder Egg. At our wedding we had a Kinder Egg at every place setting. I guess we had an outlaw wedding!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    This ban on Kinder Eggs is just dumb. Period.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Norbert

    Home Depot should no longer be allowed to sell screws – and Staples better stop selling paper clips – they are choking hazards!!!!!!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    @Herr Mayer: lmao!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff in Illinois

    There was a toy inside? Huh. Wondered why it was so chewy for so long. Thought it was gum. Nearly turned my face inside out trying to blow a bubble.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. proudanchorb

    Kick these illegal eggs out of the country!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff in Illinois

      Yeah! And build a wall made from egg cartons!

      April 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Timothy

    The law is often skewed. On a flight from Tokyo, I was forced to throw away some fresh fruit that I did not finish on the flight. If the plane had been stuck on the tarmack, it would have been legal for me to eat it. But once off the plane it is a no-no. Go figure.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. proudanchorb

    Illegal is illegal. What part don't you guys understand!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buda

      You Sir sic. are an IDIOT

      April 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norbert


      April 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norbert

      Yeah – whatever big brother says, we do, right? OMG....

      April 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      It's a bit of chocolate candy with a prize inside...OMFG...get a grip people.

      And no...as parents you don't let your child who still puts everything in its mouth have one of these...but to make them Illegal????????

      April 22, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
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