Dutch Officials Take Sandwiches From British Truckers in Brexit Rule Change

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Dutch officials are seizing ham sandwiches from drivers arriving into the country from the UK due to post-Brexit rules banning the import of meat and dairy products into the EU.Footage shown on Dutch TV shows customs officials confiscating the food from bemused drivers, as they are told they can no longer bring "certain foods to Europe, like meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, that kind of stuff" following the end of the transition period between the U.K. and the EU on New Year's Day.One of the startled drivers is shown asking if he can at least take the bread after the ham has been seized, to which a customs official replies: "No, everything will be confiscated. Welcome to Brexit, sir. I'm sorry."Guidance from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs states: "From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to bring POAO (products of an animal origin) such as those containing meat or dairy (e.g.

a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU."The European Commission says the ban on meat and dairy products is necessary to protect animal health throughout the EU. The Commission's website states: "It is known, for example, that dangerous pathogens that cause animal diseases such as ...read more...