Surprised Again by Kinder Eggs
Today another story of a Kinder egg border hassle. This time a Seattle couple returning from a trip to Vancouver were busted for bringing Kinder eggs into the United States. They spent 2 hours in a detention center, were told that fines could be up to $2500/egg. Eventually they were released and told never to bring these across the border again. Interestingly, the eggs were not confiscated.
Over a year ago I wrote about the Kinder Surprise and my feelings on this dangerous product have not changed. Here is the piece from last year....
For years I have wondered about the logic behind the Kinder Surprise. I have said so many times on the radio program.
Take a chocolaty egg-shaped candy treat that kids would love to devour, and hide an inedible item inside that some believe (including me) could pose a choking hazard.
Does it not go against every parental instinct we’ve ever had about telling our kids what not to put into their mouths? It would seem so, but I’m not HealthCanada.
…has said that small children do not have the dexterity to crack open the eggs and so are unlikely to inhale or choke on the trinkets. My egg came apart very easily, the chocolate part AND the plastic one inside holding my toy.
Kinder Surprises are N/A in theUSA. They also do not allow the embedding of non-food items in confections. That just makes too much sense. We’ve come a long way since Mom used to hide money in the birthday cake. (“Look, Donny was choking to death but he’s since coughed up a quarter!”)
I can’t believe a Manitoba woman is upset because her Kinder Surprise was confiscated at the border. US Customs and Border Services grab about 25,000 of these per year, usually at Christmas and Easter.
These should also be banned in Canada. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
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