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It almost feels like a right of passage for Americans to make this joke when they visit Europe.

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24th July 2021
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5 days ago #9860132        
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This is because you are not allowed to have inedible objects embedded inside edible produce. This is a less than well thought out law which aims to do something very sensible: stopping food manufacturers from leaving all sorts of debris in their food items which can break teeth, lacerate your mouth, or even kill.

And while everyone likes to make fun of America because of Kinder Eggs, most other countries have laws that are even worse. Like, for example, in the UK it is technically illegal to remove a fish from a fish tank without a fishing rod and a rod licence.


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2 days ago #9860248        
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Just to clarify for people, they are not banned because of choking or anything like that. They are just caught under the somewhat broad wording of food safety laws much older than the product itself, and are not an important enough exception to go through all the trouble of re-writing them.

Simplified as much as possible (I am not a lawyer), anything contained within a food product must be approved as safe for consumption (to avoid companies putting antifreeze in cough medicine, for example), with the only exception being embedded inedible objects "necessary" for the function of the product, such as lollipop and popsicle sticks. The toy egg has no structural value to a chocolate egg, and the lack of a toy egg does not stop a chocolate egg from functioning, so kinder surprise eggs do not qualify as an exception.


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4 days ago #9860192        
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Karen would give her kid the egg, let him swallow the thing and choke, then scream and cry about how there was no warning and OMG LAWSUIT blah blah.

Karens are why we can't have those eggs in the first place. Don't let your toddlers eat this shit.


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4 days ago #9860162        
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They WERE banned from somewhere in the 1930s to... 2017, I believe. The ban has been lifted for several years now.

...Because the USA is the only place in the world where morbidly obese children will try and put the entire, 6.5cm chocolate egg in their mouth at once. :/


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5 days ago #9860131        
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All you need to do is replace that bit of plastic with an AK-47, problem solved!


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5 days ago #9860130        
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Laughs in Canadian across the border.


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5 days ago #9860129        
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"rite" of passage, altho 'right' might be more apropos, at times.

2 days ago #9860238        
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I still don't get how its possible to choke yourself with them. I ate them all my childhood and never had an issue or heard of any incidents. Hell the eggs were actually too big to even fit inside your mouth all in one gulp(its the size of a real duck egg). You HAD to either bite them either brake them in half to eat them. Most kids would usually brake the egg in half, take out the toy to see what they got and only after eat the candy. The toy was actually the main reason kids even wanted the egg to begin with.
Are kids in the US snakes that gulp down food with out chewing?


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3 days ago #9860212        
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Just to avoid people having to pay hefty fines: The real Kinder surprise eggs are STILL prohibited for sale and import into the US as of 2021. Source: CBP (i just traveled from Mexico where they sell them and wanted to bring some back)

4 days ago #9860188        
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The main reason they were illegal was not because the government thinks fully grown Americans won't notice the toy, but because they're worried that young children (especially under 3) will just try to swallow them. Any item with any sort of danger of a small child with underdeveloped lungs choking with it (from small Lego pieces to big zip-seal bags) is heavily regulated and has to have some sort of warning. So with Kinder Eggs for a while they didn't even bother. It's not the dumbest thing about American law, trust me.

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