Finnie champions food ban

DRAFT regulations to prevent the import of serious animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth and classic swine fever have been laid before the Scottish Parliament, it emerged today.

From January 1, the import of animal products from outside the European Union will be restricted. Travellers from developing countries will not be allowed to bring meat or meat products, including milk and milk products, into the EU for personal consumption.

Ross Finnie, Scotland’s Rural Development Minister, said: “Since the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, the Scottish Executive has been pressing hard for action to be taken on personal meat and meat product imports into the EU community.

“We took the lead in pressing for these new rules, which will apply across the whole Community.”

Material explaining the rules is being made widely available to travellers at ports and airports.