Tuesday 24 May 2022 12:34 AM Stowaways in lorries cause thousands of tons of food to be destroyed over ... trends now
Thousands of tons of food imported to the UK is being destroyed because of fears over contamination by stowaway migrants travelling in the back of lorries.
British supermarkets automatically reject any fresh goods driven over from Europe if there is evidence that migrants have been on board the vehicle.
This is because of food safety concerns – but in many cases, perfectly good food is being rejected as a precautionary measure.
One supply chain specialist, Oakland International, has seen a ‘significant increase’ in the number of loads suspected of having come into contact with migrant passengers.
Large quantities of food is being destroyed due to stowaways hiding in lorries, as supermarkets reject food over contamination fears
A 'significant increase' in the number of lorries suspected to have had migrants in has been recorded in the UK
The firm’s co-founder has warned that this could be a consequence of the Government’s Rwanda policy – which will see migrants sent to the East African nation to claim asylum there – as stowaways are deterred from making sea crossings, and opt for lorries instead.
Oakland, which operates a service that handles rejected food imports, said the rise ‘seems to