Banned or restricted products
Imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin, from certain non-EU countries, that are considered to be 'high-risk' can only enter the UK through specific ports and airports approved as designated points of entry (DPEs) where official controls will be carried out.
Safeguard controls on certain food products due to aflatoxin contamination under Regulation (EU) No. 884/2014.
Calabash chalk is not a conventional food, but is eaten by some pregnant women, traditionally those from the Nigerian and wider West African community, as a remedy for morning sickness. The Food Standards Agency has advised people, especially pregnant and breast-feeding women, not to eat Calabash chalk, because samples tested have revealed high levels of lead.
Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, safeguard controls have been reinforced on all imported feed and food products originating in or consigned from Japan. The safeguard controls are implemented by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6.
Specific products not of animal origin are currently under harmonised controls in the European Union (EU) that control their importation from specific non-EU countries.
Safeguard controls on guar gum and products that contain guar gum apply from 26 February 2015
There are restrictions within the EU on the additives permitted in certain jelly confectionery because there is a risk of choking. These sweets are widely available in Japan and the Far East.
From 26 July 2005 some products of animal origin can be imported into the European Union from China as long as they comply with specific animal and public health conditions.
Kava Kava, a member of the pepper family, is as a traditional herbal remedy for the treatment of anxiety. The herb has been banned since 13 January 2003. This is because of concerns about its toxic effect on the liver. So you cannot import kava kava supplements, or foods containing this herb.
Following consumer complaints about a long lasting bitter taste (‘pine-mouth’) that can occur after eating pine nuts originating from China, rules are being applied in China prior to export to the EU.
Additional import controls for certain polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware from the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, under Regulation (EU) No 284/2011.
There have been some problems with certain spices being contaminated.
There is a temporary suspension of imports of betel leaves from Bangladesh until 30 June 2018. Betel leaves are also known as 'Paan leaf', 'Betel quid' and 'piper betle'.
Specific conditions are applicable to the import of okra and curry leaves from India for the presence pesticide residues.
From 12 January 2012 Commission Implementing Decision (EU) No 2011/884/EU imposed emergency measures governing the import of specific rice products from China due to unauthorised genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and repealed Decision 2008/289/EC.
A problem has been identified with the consumption of certain bivalve molluscs imported from Peru that were contaminated with the hepatitis A virus (HAV).
There is a temporary suspension of imports of dried beans from Nigeria until 30 June 2019.
There is a suspension of imports of fishery products from the Republic of Guinea.
There are temporary control measures on imports of bivalve molluscs from Turkey.
Specific conditions are applicable to the import of betel leaves ('Piper betle') from India for the presence Salmonella.