12 Jan '11, 3am

A Canadian woman was threatened with a US$300 fine for trying to bring a Kinder Surprise across the US border

OTTAWA (Canada) - THE US is taking its ban on chocolate eggs with toys inside very seriously, a Canadian woman discovered when she was threatened at the border with a US$300 (S$387) fine over a Kinder Surprise. Public broadcaster CBC said Lind Bird was stopped at the US border last month and selected for a random search of her vehicle. Authorities found and seized a US$2 Kinder Surprise as illegal contraband. 'It's just a chocolate egg,' Ms Bird told CBC. 'And they were making a big deal. They said: 'If you were caught with this across the border you would get charged US$300.' It's ridiculous.' Ferrero first launched the confection in Italy in 1972, but has been denied access to the US market over concerns that tiny toys hidden inside the eggs pose a choking hazard to small children. The United States also prohibits embedding non-food items in confections. Health Canada ha...

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