The Border Security at Gatwick airport has seized a huge haul of 94-Kg of dried caterpillars from a passenger who had arrived from Burkina Faso via Istanbul as reported in news.sky.com of dated 1st of March 2013.
The 22-year old man was stopped at the South Terminal and the dried insects had been shrink-wrapped in cellophane and were discovered packed in four hessian bags.
The man said that it was for his personal consumption.
But the authorities seized the load and would be destroying it because such unauthorized items breach the controls on the import of products of animal origin into Britain.
These restrictions are applicable to products of meat, dairy, fish, eggs and honey apart from some types of fruits, vegetables and plants.
Permitting entry of such items could harm the food chain of UK, hence the preventive action.
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