Blog: Santa Claus - Public enemy number one

Sam Webb | 12 December 2011

Beloved by children around the world, Father Christmas has been spreading gifts, goodwill and the joy of the festive season for generations.

Not so, says Benjamin England, a 17-year veteran of the Food and Drug Administration and founder of imports advisory firm What he's actually been doing is far more sinister - illegally importing millions of dollars worth of merchandise to children in the US, violating every rule in the book on import laws, regulations and standards.

In a light-hearted press release, England acknowledges that Saint Nick's heart is in the the right place but has warned that stealthily slipping under the radar in his magic sled and giving kids chocolate and candy that has not gone under full FDA screening and inspection may make him a target for the watchdog.

"They call that smuggling, folks," England said. "I know for a fact that there are no in-house attorneys working for Mr Claus at the North Pole because lawyers hate the cold.

"I just hope that he will take the compliance side of things more seriously before the FDA really cracks down on him."

A spokes-elf for Santa Claus' North Pole operation was not available for comment when contacted by just-food.

Read the full, shocking account of Santa Claus' law-breaking here.



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