US ban of Kinder eggs cracked at last
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Monday 18 March 2013
Children of America, rejoice! After a decades-long wait, a US company has finally come up with a way to sell Kinder Surprise-style toy-filled chocolate eggs in the country, sidestepping a 1938 ban on inedible toys being placed inside sweets with a new design.
The ban, which is meant to protect children from swallowing the plastic toys masked by the chocolate shells, also prohibits the import of Kinder-style sweets. Over the years, US officials are reported to have seized thousands of the treats, which can attract fines running into hundreds of dollars at the American border.
But Kevin Gass, who runs the New Jersey-based Candy Treasure, has now found a way around the prohibition. In his version, the toy is cased in a plastic capsule with a thick ridge that separates the two hollow chocolate halves. For American regulators, the ridge, which is visible when the foil covering the sweet comes off, serves the purpose of warning children that there is something hidden inside the chocolate. As an added precaution, the toys are also larger than the ones found inside foreign versions, according to ABC News.
A long-standing online petition addressed to the US Congress and digitally signed by more than 3,000 people asks US lawmakers to “help us restore the Ferrero Kinder Egg to shelves in the United States. This small matter can bring joy to millions of American children.”
Life & Style blogs
iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6S) leaked pictures show similarities to older model — but Apple is fixing the biggest issue of all
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
Google has set its terrifying, dreaming image robots on the public
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
iJobs Food & Drink
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To support their continued grow...
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...
£22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...