I am seeing red…and China does happen to be involved. I just read this on the Choco Treasure FAQ page:
“I’ve tried chocolate surprise eggs in other countries outside of the USA such as Kinder Surprise® and Huevo Sorpresa®. Sometimes those have plastic toys you snap together. Can you make toys like that?”
Their response: “The USA Consumer Product Safety Commission has regulations ensuring the safety of small children. The toys you may have seen in similar products overseas are only safe for children 3+ whereas our toys are safe for ALL AGES. One of the tests for toys to be safe for all ages is that they are sufficiently big to not be a choking hazard. We cannot make snap-together plastic toys similar to those you may have seen overseas as those tiny toys represent choking hazards and cannot legally be sold together with candy in the USA.”
I find this greatly interesting. The law that Kinder falls under states that is the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits embedding “non-nutritive items” in confections. NOTHING about small pieces. Have these people never seen Legos? VERY suspicious. I think the FDA owes us a lot of answers.