EU restricts personal meat and milk imports

As of 1 January 2003, travellers will need official veterinary documentation to import meat or milk products to the EU from certain third countries.

In an effort to prevent a possible new outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD), the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health voted on 20 September to restrict personal imports of meat and milk products (see alsoEURACTIV, 13 September). Starting on 1 January 2003, imports from certain third countries will have to be accompanied by official veterinary documentation.

The new rules will not apply to powdered infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons. Products carried by individuals travelling from candidate countries, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are not subject to the new rules.

The Commission is expected to publish the draft proposal for a new FMD Directive on 16 October.


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