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article image2 Seattle men held at US border over illegal chocolate eggs

By Anne Sewell     Jul 19, 2012 in Odd News
Two Seattle men, returning home from a holiday in Canada, were seized at the U.S. border and held for two-and-a-half hours, for trying to bring in Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs.
They wanted to give a treat to fellow Canadian friends back in Seattle, because they couldn't buy these eggs in the U.S. They had no idea that the Kinder Surprise treats were illegal.
In an interview with KOMO-TV, Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeney were returning home from Vancouver, British Columbia, when they were stopped by border guards.
They explained that they had bought the pack of six Kinder eggs for their friends - the eggs have a toy inside, hence the name "Kinder Surprise".
“We packed it in the back of the car because we weren’t going to eat them,” Loo told KOMO-TV.
The two men explained that the border guards had searched their car and found the eggs. The guards said that the eggs are illegal in the U.S. because young children could choke on the small plastic toys. Or in more formal terms, due to the presence of a "non-nutritive object" embedded inside them. Apparently importing them into the country can attract a large fine.
“He said, ‘Are you aware kinder eggs are illegal in the United States and carry a $2,500 fine per egg?’ And I actually laughed,” Sweeney explained.
The men eventually got off with a warning and the eggs were not actually removed from their car.
Apparently, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman declined to comment about the matter on Tuesday night.
“They wasted our time,” Sweeney added. “They wasted the money spent on the agents to do this and there are other cars that went through without checking them at all.”
Apparently the agency seized more than 60,000 Kinder Eggs from international mail shipments and traveler's baggage during 2011.
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