Egg-zitement at the Canadian Border

File this one under the “you-gotta-be-kidding-me” category.

I stumbled across an eye-catching CBC News story, (yes… that’s a Canadian media outlet), that was tweeted by @Drudge_Report.

Turns out you can’t bring a little ol’ egg-shaped chocolate treat called a “Kinder Surprise” into the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.  According to the story, a woman from Winnipeg had her egg confiscated by U.S. customs officials during a random inspection.

Apparently the treats are choking hazards to little children because there are small toys, (that’s the surprise), located inside them.  Well… at least they’re choking hazards to children in the United States.  Maybe Canadian kids know enough to not chew on the toys?  (Just kidding.)

Before you think I’m making too big a deal, check out this quote from the story:

The U.S. takes catching illegal Kinder candy seriously, judging by the number of them they’ve confiscated in the last year. Officials said they’ve seized more than 25,000 of the treats in 2,000 separate seizures.

Phew.  We’re safe from an onslaught of chocolate eggs rolling en masse from our neighbor to the north.  That’s one border security threat neutralized.

Perhaps it just means that the border agents are doing a thorough job when they search vehicles.

Even if that’s the case, you have to join me in a shake of the head when you read more about the story:

As trivial as the border seizure may seem, Bird said the U.S. government has sent her a seven-page letter asking her to formally authorize the destruction of her seized Kinder egg.

Gee.  Only seven pages?  Something this dramatic deserves a few hundred pages doesn’t it?  Perhaps an act of Congress?  Does the egg destruction come via firing squad at the hands of a troop of gummy bears?  Maybe televised on CSPAN?  Scratch that… the Food Network.

Seems like this whole affair is a fantastic use of our taxpayer dollars.

And that’s no yolk.

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  1. springtimesoul

     /  January 12, 2011

    Destruction by consumption, perhaps?

  2. Loved this post. Timely, because there was a death in Jefferson this week of a 2 year old that who swallowed a bouncy ball. Clearly this law is not comprehensive enough. So we should add a few things to the list of blacklisted items:

    Bouncy balls, jawbreakers, hotdogs, buttons of any kind – if they are attached they still can come loose – get rid of them, do not use safety pin to close your clothing now that you have no buttons – they are choking hazard’s too, coins of all kinds – Canadian or US, doesn’t matter, marbles, batteries and anything that contains batteries, pen caps, soda and water caps, hard candy of any kind, the plastic eyes and noses of all plush toys, jewlery – earings, charms, rings, and ice just to name a few.

    • After shoveling the driveway… again… I’m all for banning the ice in your long list. 🙂

      Very sad to hear about the two-year old. Just reinforces to me how important it is to be watching my kids and teaching them. I’ve been lucky. Neither of my boys had much inclination to chew on things they shouldn’t. But I do try to keep a watchful eye out for things that shouldn’t head for the mouth. Most recently that was snow in the driveway. Not a choking hazard, but… yuck.

      Hey… I brought this comment full-circle!

  3. My point was only that so many things are dangerous we can hardly outlaw them all. All we can do is our best to try to keep our kids safe instead of losing our minds. Take the toy out of the car, but leave the nickle that could lodge in the child’s throat just as easily. Things that children can choke on are around us every single day.

    • It’s an excellent point. And it reminds me of “child-proofing” a house. You can never totally protect children from every danger. I think it’s better to teach them to recognize what’s safe and what isn’t.


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