crack-down on people bringing back food from trips outside the European
Union, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.
said: 'At the moment it's down to individual local authorities and local
port health authorities to fund individual checks for illegal imports. We
need assistance from government to ensure we have sufficient people on the
ground and also facilities at the airports to check out these goods'.
But agriculture minister Lord Whitty told the programme it was a question of
priorities rather than manpower. 'The majority of people are local authority
employed', he said. 'What we'e been doing over the last few months is try to
pull together all the agencies involved so that we prioritise this area'.