April 8, 2023

Why are Kinder Surprise eggs illegal in the USA


Kinder Surprise Eggs

Kinder Surprise Eggs are extremely popular around the world, but illegal to sell in the US due to small toy parts which the FDA says could be a choking hazard.

Kinder Surprise Eggs
Kinder Surprise Eggs

Why are Kinder Surprise eggs illegal in the USA?

US food regulations do not permit, readily, non-food items to be contained within food items unless there’s a very good reason for it. A toy is not a sufficient reason. Second, non-food items contained within food items could present a choking hazard. People choke on food items already, so raising the danger isn’t deemed wise. It could be bureaucracy run amok, however, as there are very few actual incidents of choking on record.

US Ban on Kinder Surprise Eggs Finally Lifted (Kinda)

Kinder Surprise eggs, an Italian brand of egg-shaped chocolate candies containing a toy “surprise” inside, have been banned in the States since long before they were first manufactured in the early ’70s. That’s because the US has had a ban on candies with embedded toys since 1938.

In an effort to save thousands of candy mules from having to regularly stuff chocolate eggs up their rectum, a New Jersey-based company has come up with an ingenious way of making Kinder eggs entirely legal.

Kinder Surprise USA: Why These Eggs Are Banned South Of The Border

Kids love picking up a Kinder Surprise from the store. After all, who could say no to a surprise toy wrapped in chocolate? But while the innocent treat can be found around the world, it’s actually deemed illegal in the U.S.

But why are Kinder eggs banned? The U.S. law against the chocolate egg actually dates back to 1938. At that time, the country’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act banned all candies embedded with “non-nutritive objects,” such as toys. So, when Kinder eggs began to be manufactured in the ’70s by Italian company Ferrero, they fell under this law and were made illegal in the U.S.

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