Miami - As the Easter holiday approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would like to remind the traveling public that Kinder Eggs, a chocolate treat popular this time of the year, is banned from import into the United States.
Kinder eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs, and are usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper. The eggs are a popular treat during the Easter holiday season. Kinder eggs are considered a prohibited item for import because they contain a toy surprise hidden inside that can present a choking hazard for young children.
In fiscal year 2010, CBP seized nearly 25,000 Kinder Eggs in 1,700 separate incidents. While there are some commercial-sized seizures that occur, most Kinder Eggs are seized in personal baggage or at mail and express consignment facilities.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an import alert for Kinder Eggs, because they are a confectionery product with a non-nutritive object imbedded in it. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considers the toys within the eggs as presently imported and sold to violate CPSC's small parts regulation with respect to children under three.
CBP works in close collaboration with the CPSC and the FDA to ensure the safety of imported goods by examining, sampling and testing products that may present import safety hazards. These partner agencies are now working along-side one another at the Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC) to streamline and enhance federal efforts to address import safety issues, such as the illegal importation of Kinder Eggs.
CBP's CTAC combines the resources and manpower from various government agencies to protect the American public from harm caused by unsafe imported products by improving communication and information-sharing and reducing redundant inspection activities. The CTAC reflects the three core principles announced by the President's Food Safety Working Group: Prevention, Surveillance and Response.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.