Animal and plant disease warning for holidaymakers
Diseases such as foot-and-mouth can be brought into Northern Ireland through infected animal products (particularly those containing meat or milk).
Fruit and vegetables may also carry pests that can infect plants. Such diseases and pests can have a devastating effect on livestock, crops, or the environment.
Animal-related products may also risk human health from diseases (for example, from fish, honey, or untreated animal hides).
African Swine Fever
There is currently a specific concern over the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs.
Although the disease does not affect humans, and there is no food safety risk associated with meat, an outbreak in Northern Ireland would have a devastating impact on the pork and pig industries.
The virus survives well in both raw and cured meats, so you are asked not to bring back pork products.
There are rules on what holidaymakers can and can't bring back with them from their trip.
For example, personal imports of meat or meat products and milk or dairy products are banned from most countries outside the EU.
People travelling through local ports or airports should check the rules on food imports before they leave home.
Illegal products will be seized and destroyed, and anyone caught carrying prohibited items risks prosecution and a fine.
You can find out more in this section:
To keep illegal imports of animals, animal products and plant products, including fish, meat and vegetables out, there is inspection at all main ports and airports.
The message is very simple if you are returning from holiday: don’t risk it - leave it behind.