The NFU has welcomed a draft Brussels ban on personal imports of meat and animal-derived products. NFU food standards chairman Michael Seals said these controls would provide British farmers with far more comprehensive protection against animal diseases like foot and mouth. He said: "For too long British livestock have been put at risk by the inability to control personal imports of meat and animal products. "The NFU has lobbied strenuously for an EU-wide ban on personal imports as the most effective way of closing this gap in border controls. "We will work with the Commission to ensure the new legislation is as effective as possible at reducing risk." {{NEWS }}