No surprises allowed

With the hiding of tobacco products (no doubt to be followed by plain packing); minimum pricing on alcohol (no doubt to be followed by measures similar to those enacted against tabacco); the new idea to slap age certificates on pop videos and a myriad of other inanities which the UK population are going to be made to suffer, in part, because of the ‘think of the children’ lobby, it is surprising gratifying to come across a piece of draconian stupidity which has nothing to do with this government.

Instead I bring you the US government’s ban on Kinder Surprise eggs because of – you guessed it – the children:

As Easter approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds international travelers not to bring any Kinder Surprise eggs into the U.S. Also known as Kinder Eggs, these chocolate treats may be cute and seasonal but they are too dangerous to children to be imported legally into the U.S. The problem is the small plastic toy inside the Kinder Egg. While sold in many countries, this product is banned from the U.S. because young children can choke on it.

Does anyone have any figures as to how many children have choked on the surprise inside of a Kinder Surprise? I would be surprised if the figure were even as high as 1 in 100.

Can someone please stop the world, I wont to get off!

3 Comments

  1. JuliaM says:

    So…do US children have uniquely narrow throats? Because if the EU – famously H&S-conscious as it is – is happy to allow them…

  2. Ed P says:

    Kinder should produce a Monty Python’s chocolate box version of “Spring Surprise”.
    That’d sort out those pathetic American children, for whom Kinder eggs are too dangerous (unlike Euro children, who, being less stupid, cope with them).

    • Donavon says:

      “That’d sort out those pathetic American children, for whom Kinder eggs are too dangerous (unlike Euro children, who, being less stupid, cope with them).”

      Don’t blame the children for the government. Those kids are too young to vote and should not in any way be blamed for the rules that they have no say in.