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30th May 2004, 09:22
My friend has asked me to take her some of the sweets she misses from living here. But, I'm not quite sure of what the import restrictions are. I've found two statements:


Fresh (chilled or frozen) products derived from ruminants or swine (other than milk/milk products)

Personal shipments of dairy products (but excluding infant formula & cheese if not packed in whey)

Does that mean that one can only import chocolate etc. commercially?

If it helps, her list is: malt loaf, Boost bars (chocolate & shortcake I think) and iced gems.

30th May 2004, 10:42
Won't be a problem. I bring back chocolate and biscuits all the time.

30th May 2004, 18:15

IMO food restrictions usually apply to relatively non-cooked foods - cheeses, hams, uncooked vegetables etc - anything that could possibly contain pests and diseases.

Usually accompanied by "have you visited any farms in the last few days" type questions.

Malt loaf - yum yum :ok:

Cheers - SLF

30th May 2004, 19:22
Thanks guys!

SLF - I agree, but I have heard stories of people having to eat boxes of chocolates because they weren't allowed to take them on the aeroplane. And even babies' sterilised milk being taken away. It was probably at the height of Foot and Mouth, but I didn't want to have to stuff myself at check-in. :D

Charlie Zulu
30th May 2004, 22:19
Hi All,

Sorry to hijack your thread AerBabe, but does anyone know if this also apply to the United States?

I've been asked to take a big slab of Diary Milk to Florida in just under a month as I know someone over there who misses Cadbury's chocolate.

Like AerBabe I don't want to have to stuff myself full of chocolate at customs, leaving myself with chocolate lipstick... :O

Although if it is in my hand luggage I'm going to be hard pushed not to eat it before landing in Florida... lol.

Best wishes,

Charlie "Chocolate Monster" Zulu.

30th May 2004, 22:56
Chocky isn't a problem.
As has been said, it's usually raw incredients or meat stuffs that tend to spark up Quarantines' interest.

Australia has a pretty tough reputation when it comes to bringing stuff in, no probs with chocky or champagne. :D

31st May 2004, 17:10
This raises the side-line question of why chocolate is different in the UK than say here in Canada. We can buy most of the same brands here but they are a lesser quality chocolate. Dairy Milk, Kit Kats etc etc. This is why I have a 400g block of Dairy Milk and another of Whole Nut tucked away from my last trip.

Thorntons now make a very good biscuit - Toffee chip, Orange and Ginger varieties. Superior quality in every way. Available at their shops and at Waitrose.

Sharjah Night Shift
31st May 2004, 18:13
Sorry but I don't have the URL to hand but the Canadian Department of Agriculture or whatever they call themselves have have a very comprehensive list of prohibited goods on their web site.

In the past I have taken cheese after checking it is legal, but my suitcase mainly contains the goodies that my ex-pat friends can't get. Often they can get the same brands but they are made in a different factory, that's why I ended up taking one of those 1.7kg bars of Cadburys that go on sale just before Christmas last year.

31st May 2004, 19:42

Here you go. It's the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website in english.

31st May 2004, 20:40
...and bring back Humpty Dumpty dill pickle potato chips. mmmmmmm