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Foodstuffs of animal origin

Please note: You can find guidance for seeing all EU-legislation on the right margin in  “The guidance for searching EU-legislation” on the left margin

Animal products brought into the EU by travellers or through the post, could pose a risk to the health of EU livestock by carrying with them certain animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease. The general public therefore plays an important role in ensuring biosecurity and keeping such diseases out of the EU.

Travelers will not in general be allowed to bring in meat and dairy products, unless they are coming with less than 10 kilograms of meat and dairy from the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, or Iceland.

There will also be an exemption for powdered infant milk, infant food, and special foods or special pet feed required for medical reasons, if weighing less than 2 kilograms and provided 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.

For fish products, travellers will be able to bring in up to 20 kilograms. However, there will be no such weight restriction for travellers coming from the Faeroe Islands or Iceland.

For other animal products, such as eggs, honey, frog legs and snails for example, travelers will be able to bring in up to 2 kilograms ( hatching eggs-meaning eggs for incubation, laid by poultry-or any other fertilized eggs for incubation- are not allowed to be imported at all without health certificate according to EU-rules and veterinary border control. The Customs might monitor the destination of the eggs to detect their intended purpose).

These rules will not apply to animal products transported between the Member States of the EU, or for animal products coming from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino, and Switzerland.

Please find rules for veterinary border control in the margin in case the amount of the products you are importing for your personal consumption exceed the allowed amount mentioned here. In case you do not want to pay the costs for veterinary border inspection, there are specific freezers at the border crossing points for collecting the extra amount of products not allowed to be imported.

Pet food (and other feed for animals)

Travelers are not allowed to bring pet food (or other feed for animals) including meat or meat products or milk or milk products unless they are coming with less than 10 kilograms from  the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, or Iceland. In principal it is allowed to import feed for animals not including meat,meat products, milk or milk products, but mostly small amounts of products of animal origin (like animal fat) is used anyway in feed for animals.

There will also be an exemption for special pet feed required for medical reasons, if weighing less than 2 kilograms and provided 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.

African Swine Fever (ASF) in Russia

There have been reported cases of African Swine Fever in the areas of St. Petersburg, Russia and Segezha, Karelia. We remind passengers that the African swine fever spreads through raw and inadequately heated meat products, and that all pig meat products and wild boar meat import from Russia is prohibited.

(Instruction 18042EN)

Last modified 03.10.2014

You are here: Frontpage Food Import and export Import from non-EU countries Import rules for personal consumption from third countries

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