Since the UK left the EU, customs rules on food and drink have been different for UK travelers. When you go on vacation to Spain, following the guidelines of the European Retail Confederation (ETRC), some items may not cross the border. Meat and dairy products, for example, are banned – a rule that has its roots in the foot-and-mouth disease (FM) crisis of 2001.
Wensleydale, Cornish Brie or British bacon cannot be taken from the UK to Spain, as personal imports of meat, meat products, milk or dairy products are not allowed into the EU.
Likewise, the EU’s strict rules on animal products mean that a box of chocolate, fudge, custard and candy (because of the gelatin) are all irrelevant.
While the popular Bovril, which contains beef broth, is not allowed in tourist luggage, Marmite, which is vegan, is fine.
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Medically required infant milk, infant foods, and specialty foods or pet foods that do not require refrigeration and that are branded packaged products are exempt from the rules.
This means that when traveling with children, for example, up to 2 kg of powdered infant milk is allowed, and the same goes for pet food.
An exception also applies to less than 10 kg of meat and dairy products from the Faroe Islands or Greenland.
Anyone wishing to pack alcohol in their luggage should keep in mind the maximum amounts allowed – four liters of still wine and 16 liters of beer, one liter of spirits or two liters of sparkling or fortified wine.
Several cases have been reported in Ireland and mainland Europe, with the Netherlands being the most affected country outside the UK, with 25 cases.
The often fatal disease affects animals with forked legs such as cattle, sheep and pigs.
Most of the evidence showed that infected animal products had been imported from the Far East and used as animal feed in pig farms, transmitting the virus.
In the UK, as cases mounted over the weeks, more animals had to be slaughtered – nationwide, more than six million pigs, cattle and sheep in more than 10,000 firm.