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Information for private individuals - Food, Meat and Dairy Products

Published on February 22, 2008

In view of the continuing risk of serious animal diseases being introduced into the Community via personal imports, Commission Regulation (EC) No 745/2004 permanently prohibits all personal consignments of meat, meat products, milk and milk products from entering the EU, including packages sent to private persons.


Travelers are, however, allowed to bring in limited quantities of infant or specialist food required for medical purposes from all third countries, providing that:

• such products do not require refrigeration before opening,

• that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer,

• and the packaging is unbroken unless in current use.

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