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South African products not allowed to be imported into the UK

South African's living in the UK have for a long time now faced a ban on some of their favourite foods, due to them not meeting the production required by the EU and now UK Law. These laws even after Brexit have not changed, we are continually looking at what can be done to help change these rules by talking to our MP and other bodies involved in the decision making process of importing food and drink to the UK.

The reason behind this change of events is that since 31 March 2017, South Africa do not have an EU Approved Residue Control Plan in place for animal products used as ingredients in our favourite South African foods, like biscuits, rusks, sauces and chocolates. One of the main other issues are that the use of certain Milk products mean that a relevant Dairy Tax has not been paid making the selling of some goods highly illegal here in the UK and can carry a jail term if you are found to be selling them on line at events or anywhere.

So, what’s on the banned list? (This does vary from time to time due to the using of allowed ingredients)

  • Bakers: Tennis Biscuits, Iced Zoo, Choc-Kits, Lemon Creams, Pro-Vita, Ouma Plain Rusks, Ouma Apple and Raisin, Ouma Blueberry and Poppyseed, Ouma Three Seed.
  • Nestle and Cadbury products INCLUDING Dairy Milk
  • Others: Chocolate Log, Tex, Peppermint Crisp, Bar-One, Caramel Creams
  • Products containing non EU certified egg and milk
  • Simba Cheese Nik Naks has 2 issues - Trademark infringement and dairy

We are continually looking at other ways to solve these issue without breaking the current law so please do keep coming back to see what we have.

A great example of this is Beacon White Easter eggs. Once a year the manufacture will produce a large batch of these that have been made using the required ingredients to allow them to be imported to the UK and EU. Once these have arrived in the UK and EU once a year you will not see them again until the following year, this is why you will see certain items only being available at certain times of the year.


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