Thought I would double check what items I am allowed to bring to the UK as gifts for Christmas because I bought some beef jerky and tins of kangaroo, crocodile and emu from Hahndorf. Luckily I checked ... Food imports : Directgov
These are NOT allowed into the UK:
include any fresh, cooked or dried meat such as beef, lamb, pork or chicken and such products as patties, curries, ham, biltong, pot noodles which contain meat, meatballs, meat pickles, cured or cooked sausage, pate and meat paste. Live
snails, dead snails still in their shells and water snails are also not permitted.
Dairy products include fresh, dried or concentrated milk, cream, butter, ghee, mithai, cheese and products containing fresh cream.
Fish Products include fresh, dried, cooked, cured and smoked fish and fish products, such as canned tuna, fish sauces, prawns, shrimps, squid, lobster, crab and crayfish.
include oysters (including oyster sauce) mussels, clams, cockles, scallops, whelks and winkles Egg products include omelette, mayonnaise and dried eggs.
Did you know that itís illegal to bring any meat or dairy products into the United Kingdom (UK) from countries outside the European Union? It doesnít matter whether theyíre vacuum packed, tinned or in a sealed packet Ė you canít bring them into the country. There are also strict rules on certain other food products such as fish, shellfish, honey, fruits and vegetables.
What are the penalties?
Itís no joke if you are caught trying to smuggle illegal or restricted foods into the UK. Besides the hassle of being severely delayed going through customs, your food products will be seized and destroyed and you risk facing prosecution. If you declare illegal items to Customs in the red channel the goods will be seized and destroyed, but you will not face a penalty. Remember, most of the foods you might wish to bring in can already be found in the UK, so why take the risk?
Why have rules?
Food, in particular meat and dairy products, can carry pests and diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease and Bird Flu. These controls are therefore in place to protect public health, our farming livestock and crops and the environment from these exotic pests and diseases. So check the rules before you travel and donít let an outbreak in.