My son is obsessed with a video on YouTube. The short clip consists of a man opening Kinder surprise eggs. If you don’t know what these are, they are chocolate shells that cover a plastic hollow shell that contains a neat little toy. The Kinder Eggs are very popular in Europe.
The search began for the Kinder egg. I thought it would be really cool to buy a couple dozen for my son to open. That is when I learned…
Kinder Eggs are BANNED in the United States.
In fact, they are JUST as illegal as narcotics! Trying to get past the border patrol from Canada to the United States with the eggs can come with a fine of, get this, $2500 PER EGG!
Why, because Section 402 (d)(1) of the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act says so. Ferraro Rocher has sold over 30 million of these eggs worldwide, but they are contraband in the United States. A law in 1938, that in a nutshell, non-nutrative additives are not allowed in food. Some may argue that these eggs are a choking hazard, and I’m positive that some group would be born to vehimently oppose the sale of Kinder Eggs I’d the ban was ever lifted, but if a parent is watching their child and does not allow them to eat the plastic toy, then allow responsible observant parents to get these candies for their children!
A Facebook group, Free the Egg can be found here.
There are also some other things banned in the United States that folks in Europe think is bizarre. This article on Stylist, a UK based blog, points out ten foods that have been banned by the US government.
But rejoice! Apparently an “Americanized” version can be found legally in the US, but I doubt the chocolate is the quality of the Italian Ferraro made Kinder Egg. (Don’t American companies have a way of screwing up quality of things to cut costs.) I have never seen them but this website claims you can buy them at Target.
The ban on Kinder Eggs, and the fact that people really are fined when caught by border patrol bringing the eggs into the States, simply shows that our lawmakers have more time than sense. There are far more omnius things, and people, coming across our borders to have a high focus on candy. While a border patrol member is busy detaining a mom for having a half dozen “illegal” Kinder Eggs in her bag after a vacation overseas (or to Canada,) a scarier more real threat could be coming into the US.
Now you know! When traveling abroad, don’t try to bring home a Kinder Egg to your kids! Big Brother at the airport will get them, and the money you didn’t spend on vacation!