100kg of meat from Poland seized by Jersey Customs officials

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OVER 100 kilos of meat products from Poland have been seized by Jersey Customs and Immigration Service working with Environment Health.

The pork products, which included sausages, cooked hams and minced meat packaged in unmarked tins and plastic wrapping, violated Jersey’s law that food products of animal origin imported into Jersey from the EU must be in the original unopened packaging.

There are no limits on pork products imported commercially, but shipments must be in unsealed packaging, marked for delivery to a registered business, and pre-notified to the Environmental Health department, accompanied by specific documentation (a common health entry document and an export health certificate).

It is legal to bring pork products into the Island if they weigh 2kg or less, in the original unopened packaging and clearly health marked.

It also included minced meat in unmarked tins. Picture: JCIS (35307400)

This also applies to 2kg or less of raw and processed pet feed, which must be in a manufactured sealed package.

Strict procedures and restrictions on the importation of certain pork and pork products help to prevent introducing diseases such as African Swine Fever into the Island.

A spokesperson for JCIS said that the meat was being brought in by a member of the public travelling from Poland to Jersey.

They were stopped as they disembarked in a van from St Malo.

The final weight of the goods was around 120kg with some of the meat canned without a health mark and/or a label.

It was mainly meat products, including sausages and charcuterie.

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