Alarm bells rang at the Meat and Livestock Commission's headquarters last week when an anxious consumer phoned for advice about taking "horse products" on a trip to visit ex-pat friends in Spain. Anxious consumer: "I'm taking three jars of horseradish for my friend ­ it's his favourite. But in view of the government's restrictions on the shipment of animal products because of foot and mouth disease I thought I had better check with you first." My MLC informant swears this story is true. I'm also reliably informed that during the BSE crisis a trunker load of goods bound for Naafi Germany was turned back because it included beef tomatoes. {{COUNTERPOINT }}