The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today reminded members of the public that the ban on exporting food, imposed because of the risk of spreading foot and mouth, also applies to personal exports.

People travelling from the UK, by ferry, by air or by rail, should make sure that they do not take out of the country any fresh meat or meat product, or any fresh milk or milk products.

The ban was brought into force last Wednesday under the Export Restrictions (Foot and Mouth Disease) Regulations 2001. The European Union has also banned exports from the UK.

Although it presents no risk to human health, FMD can be spread to animals by a variety of food products, particularly those that have not been cooked. Discarded food products can therefore represent a serious risk to animal health.

just-food.com published a feature on foot and mouth. To read it, click here.