The Laws

* The 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits embedding “non-nutritive items” in confections.

*  US Consumer Product Safety Commission – recall of Kinder Eggs.  1997.  States (in part), “Some of the toys have small parts that present a serious choking and aspiration hazard to children under three years of age…  Ferrero said that it markets the product in other countries solely for children three and older and designs these toys to be assembled by older children.”  So the toys are specifically for over three, but were being recalled because the toys weren’t for under three.  Huh??

* 2011 Customs and Border Protection reminder that the eggs are illegal. http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/national/2011_news_archive/04212011_2.xml  Note that “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.”

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