leaving for spain tonight - can i bring back iberican ham??
there's no definitive answer anywhere i've been looking online. i know it's cleared for import but i don't know if you can carry it over yourself. i'd also be willing to mail some to myself if anyone knows the rules on that.
You're over the Atlantic by now, but from that USC&BP post, which is quite fascinating...
APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a division of US Dept' of Ag) regulates the importation of swine meat products in general due to the risk of Swine Fever and Hoof-and-Mouth disease. In the case of Spain in particular, swine
products are prohibited because (as of Dec. 2005) there are no USDA-certified slaughterhouses in Spain.
No. Only certain hams produced at certain facilities are cleared for US export. Until this year, they were all Danish-raised. There is now a Spanish-raised ham but I doubt you will find it in the market.
But...good luck anyway >=)
This is the US Customs page on restricted prohibited items:
For specific questions you can write or call:
You may write to USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services National Center for Import/Export (NCIE), 4700 River Road, Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; or call (301) 734-7830.