Kid's Candy is Contraband

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http://news.sympatico.cbc.ca/consumernew...

I had no idea a chocolate treat would cause such a stir across the boarder. There is a warning on the label that says the toy inside is not suitable for children under 3. Personally, I love Kinder eggs (not so much the toy, it's usually a cheap piece of plastic that ends up in the garbage) and, when I get a treat for my son, it's usually a Kinder egg.

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Jodi - posted on 01/12/2011

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Don't you ever feel like the world is being over-policed? I mean, this is ridiculous. I had no idea they would be banned in the US. They are perfectly legal here, and in many other places.



I just don't GET a country that will ban a Kinder Surprise for fear of what is such a *remote* chance of a choking hazard (like, virtually nonexistant) but says it's ok to have 20 guns in your house.......I'm pretty damn sure more kids die each year from gunshot than from Kinder Surprises.

Lucy - posted on 01/12/2011

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This is insane!

Are they going to ban all kids toys and food items that could be considered a choking hazard? There goes my little boys favourite yoghurt covered raisins, his marbles etc. Oh, and while we're at it, why not ban lego, those little micro machine cars, polly pockets, the list goes on!

To totally ban everything that could be choking hazard to an under 3 is barking mad. Can people not just be trusted not to give age inappropriate stuff to their kids?

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Kerri - posted on 01/12/2011

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Unfortuneately, here in the States, we have an unofficial policy of policing parents against their own stupidity. I have had Kinder Eggs, I have a friend who ships them to me from Germany. Would I ever give them to a child who could not understand that there is a toy inside, don't shove the whole thing in your mouth? Hell No! But unfortunately we are a lawsuit happy socity without the ability to take personal responcibility for ourselves or children.

Jodi - posted on 01/12/2011

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Yep, that's it Joy :) And quite honestly, to swallow the plastic egg inside is almost an impossibility, although I will admit, I have personally never tried it. But the plastic eggs are a BITCH to open. No child who would be likely to put the toy in the mouth could possibly open it, unless by total fluke. It has all the warnings on it that every other toy has.

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Ok, so wait. Inside the chocolate egg, there's a plastic egg-like thing that ALSO has to be opened in order to get to the toy? That's how it looks in the pictures anyhow. I can't think of any other things like this that ARE legal in the States but.....and it's a big but......what happened to parents being responsible for the appropriateness of the things they give their children? Do I always pay attention to and follow the age restrictions on toys we buy for our 3 year old? Nope. But do I monitor him, test things out, wiggle, try to bend, etc anything he plays with period? You bet your ass I do. And we're talking about a toy inside candy. Who would give that to a child who isn't old enough to know better than to swallow the egg in the egg or the toy inside the egg? Would I let my son have one of those now, at 3 years old? Maybe, only with me sitting right there. Would I give it to a six year old and let them have at it? Sure. I don't think there should be a fine or an illegal aspect to it at all. Stooooopid.

Johnny - posted on 01/12/2011

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I'd bet my left leg that it's got nothing to do with a choking hazard. Most likely the Cadbury lobby got to the politicians to rule out any threat to their mini-egg monopoly. I mean, what kid wants mini-eggs when they could have better tasting chocolate and a toy? It's a real threat ;-)

Jodi - posted on 01/12/2011

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Here you go - there are pictures here too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder_Surp...



"Prohibition on sale or import into the United StatesWhile Kinder eggs have been available in Canada since 1975, the product has never been allowed into the US for at least several reasons. In 1993 the Ferrero Group (the maker of Kinder eggs) applied to have the eggs sold in the USA, but was turned down because of a prohibition against having an inedible item inside an edible object. More recently, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission determined in 2008 that the product did not meet the small-parts requirement for toys for children under the age of three, creating a choking and aspiration hazard in young children. On January 10, 2011, it was reported that a Kinder egg was seized from a woman's car during a random inspection while entering the United States from Canada. She was informed that bringing the egg into the United States could result in a $300 fine"



And a copy of an older article:

http://www.canada.com/life/Kinder+Surpri...



Totally stupid if you ask me.

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I've never seen one of these things in person so I am curious. The plastic egg, is it like a plastic Easter egg? Around the same size and does it open the same?

Jodi - posted on 01/12/2011

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" Can people not just be trusted not to give age inappropriate stuff to their kids?"

Apparently not when it comes to a chocolate egg........

Becky - posted on 01/12/2011

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Wow, that's ridiculous!
Yes, the egg could fit into a 35mm. film canister. I guess technically, it could be a choking hazard if the child is young enough not to know the difference between that and the chocolate, but if the child is that young, either they shouldn't be eating the chocolate or their parent should be supervising them while they are!

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Anything that can fit into a 35mm film canister is considered a choking hazard, not sure if the Kinder surprise plastic egg does or not.

Kate CP - posted on 01/11/2011

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I was talking to my husband about it and apparently the plastic egg itself is considered a choking hazard. I don't see how as those things are huge but...whatever. :/

Sharon - posted on 01/11/2011

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Oh No!!! its another bastard corporation advertising to kids, corrupting and killing them one nasty piece of candy and cheap ass toy at a time!!! Time to ban them all!!

Lady Heather - posted on 01/11/2011

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I love the reasoning. Choking hazard my foot. I can't get those damn things open, so I highly doubt my toddler can.

C. - posted on 01/11/2011

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I've had those before, IN the US. Never knew they were illegal. I think that's dumb. Why would they ban a little chocolate egg?

Kate CP - posted on 01/11/2011

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Wha? I had no idea they were illegal...I guess that means I've been a smuggler every time I go over seas. :P



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Dumbest. Thing. EVER.

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