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CBP Advises - Kinder Chocolate Eggs Banned from Import into United States

Release Date: 
December 11, 2009

Pembina, N.D. - With the holiday season upon us, U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants importers and the traveling public to know that Kinder Chocolate Eggs are banned from import into the United States.

Kinder Chocolate Eggs are prohibited because a toy surprise hidden inside poses a choking and aspiration hazard in children younger than three years of age. The Kinder eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen's egg, and are usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper. The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule, and has small parts that require assembly. Each egg contains a different toy.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that this product fails to meet small parts requirements for children less than three years of age. Additional information regarding unsafe toys and product recall announcements can be found at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site. CBP and CPSC work jointly to ensure the safety of imported goods by examining, sampling and testing products that may present substantial hazards.

Travelers are encouraged to visit the CBP Web site for useful information and publications such as "Know Before You Go" regarding what items travelers can legally bring into the United States.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017