Brit drivers have ham sandwiches confiscated at border after Brexit food ban

British drivers have had their ham sandwiches confiscated by Dutch officials in the wake of Brexit.

Personal imports of meat and dairy products into the EU are now banned since Britain left the bloc.

Customs officers in the Netherlands have since been filmed taking away the meat snacks from drivers arriving by ferry from the UK.

The officials at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal tell motorists “you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe” since Brexit, the Guardian reports.

They tell the surprised drivers this includes “meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, that kind of stuff”.

One motorist, who had sandwiches in his car, asked if he could take out the meat to hand over, but keep the bread.

But a customs officer told him: “No, everything will be confiscated. Welcome to Brexit, sir, I’m sorry.”

The driver, who wore a face mask and beanie hat, laughed, before saying “oh my god”.

In the footage, shown on Dutch TV, officials examined the sandwiches wrapped in tin foil.

The ban on certain foods being taken into EU countries started on New Year’s Day.

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Officials from the European Commission claim it is necessary as meat and dairy products can contain pathogens which cause animal diseases, according to the Guardian.

Guidance by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural says people should use, consume, or dispose of the prohibited items either at the border, or before arriving at it.

It says: “From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to bring POAO (products of an animal origin) such as those containing meat or dairy (eg a ham and cheese sandwich) into the EU.”

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The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020, after 47 years of membership.

A transition period was in place, which meant many things remained the same, until December 31 2020 while negotiations took place for a new trade deal.

The two sides finally agreed a trade deal on Christmas Eve last year, a week before the temporary trading arrangements expired.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed the deal would be "worth £668billion a year".

He said: "A comprehensive Canada-style deal between the UK and the EU.

"A deal that will protect jobs across this country, that will enable UK goods to be sold without tariffs, without quotas in the EU market.

"A deal which will allow our companies to do even more business with our European friends."

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