HC Deb 19 June 2002 vol 387 cc384-5W
Mrs. Ann Winterton

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of illegal food and plant imports was seized at(a) (i) Heathrow, (ii) Gatwick and (iii) Manchester airports and (b) (A) Southampton, (B) Dover, (C) Felixstowe and (D) Liverpool seaports in each of the last three months; and what the nature was of the products seized. [54495]

Mr. Morley

We have no records logged for Southampton, Felixstowe and Liverpool seaports. However, enforcement agencies have notified us about the seizures of illegal food and plant imports made at Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports and Dover seaport. These are as summarised.

Nature of product(s) seized Month


Total weight

in kilograms

Smoked and salted fish, snail meat, milk drink and sachets, cheese, foie gras February 2,365.00
Milk powder, smoked fish, smoked chicken, hunting trophies, biltong, packet soups, chicken cubes March 1,174.00
Meat, cooked poultry April 135.00
Lobsters February 4.50
Assorted fish products, milk powder March 43.00
Dried meat April 21.00
Meat—sausages, whole pigs, dairy products, fish February 50.50
Meat—sausage, ham, dried pork, salami, fish, dairy products March 243.91
Meat—ham, bacon, sausage, fish, dairy—cheese April 178.50

It should be noted that illegal meat consignments found arriving at any port will be seized.