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Tourists Detained at the Canadian Border for Possession of Kinder Eggs

Kinder Eggs Illegal

There is a magazine and candy store by our house that my family frequents. My husband goes there for the latest issue of Mojo, I pick up the newest copy of the British design magazine Living Etc., and my daughter begs to go there for one thing and one thing only: Kinder Surprise Eggs. I always have a slight bolt of guilt when I give in to her pleas for candy. But apparently I’m not just performing a parenting no-no by rewarding her with candy, but I’ve also unintentionally made her a scofflaw.  It turns out the sale of Kinder Surprise Eggs is illegal in the United States. Chris Sweeney and his husband found out the hard way when heading home from Vancouver to Seattle.

Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned from being imported into the United States due to the “non-nutritive object embedded in it,” with the thought that the treat could pose a choking hazard. But not everyone knows that the eggs are illegal in the United States.

According to the National Post, while driving back from Canada, Chris Sweeney was stopped at the border for more than two hours, with the border patrol saying he could be fined $2,500 for each egg. “We really didn’t know what was going to happen,” Sweeney said. “I didn’t know if maybe this was some really important thing that I just wasn’t aware of and they were going to actually give us the fine of $15,000.” After the long wait, they were not fined, but were warned never to bring Kinder Surprise eggs across the border again.

But one thing that surprised Sweeney was that the eggs they were bringing into the country were not seized. “If it was so important that we be stopped and scolded and threatened with thousands of dollars in fines, you’d think it would at least be important enough for them to take (the Kinder eggs), but they didn’t,” he said.

As U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated, this has been “an ongoing problem for years.” Last year, about 60,000 Kinder eggs were seized, up from 25,000 the year before.

Did you know that Kinder Eggs were illegal in the United States and have you seen them at a store near you?

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