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Kinder Eggs Contain Potential Choking Hazard

Release Date: 
March 23, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y.—With the Easter season upon us, U.S. Customs and Border Protection would like to inform importers and the traveling public that Kinder Chocolate Eggs are banned from import into the United States.

Kinder Chocolate Eggs are banned for sale and import into the United States because they contain a toy surprise hidden inside and pose a choking/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, usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper. The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule. The toy requires assembly and each egg contains a different toy.

Cartons of Kinder Eggs

Cartons of Kinder Eggs, banned from import into the U.S.

"CBP would like to remind the traveling public, those wishing to send treats through the mail, and importers that the import of Kinder Eggs is prohibited," said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that the product failed to meet small parts requirements with respect to children less than three years of age. Additional information regarding unsafe toys and product recall announcements can be found at CPSC's Web site. CBP and CPSC work together to ensure the safety of imported goods by examining, sampling, and testing products that may present a hazard to consumers.

Travelers are encouraged to visit the "Know Before You Go" section of the CBP Web site for more information regarding what items travelers can legally bring into the United States.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017