Uruguay have suffered another blow — one that could damage team morale even more than their stunning 3-1 loss to Costa Rica to start the World Cup. The team's shipment of dulce de leche, a caramel spread popular in Uruguay (and many other places), was confiscated by Brazilian authorities since it lacked the sanitary documentation required of milk based products, says the BBC.
The Uruguayans were trying to import 86 pounds of the stuff, but it was all seized at an airport near their training base in Sete Lagoas.
From the BBC:
An official with the Brazilian agriculture department told Reuters news agency that the Uruguayans could have the dulce de leche back "as soon as they can produce the necessary documents".
"Or they can pick it up on their way out of Brazil," the official added.
A similar incident occured when Russian officials wouldn't allow a shipment of 5,000 single-serve yogurts from Chobani to the U.S. team at the Sochi Olympics.
The Uruguayan team reportedly had no probleming bringing their beloved dulce de leche to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. This can either be put down to different importation laws between South Africa and Brazil or maybe (just maybe) the Brazilians are playing mind games with the team that provided their greatest sporting humiliation by beating them the last time they hosted the World Cup in 1950 and denying them their sweets.
Football can be cruel.
More World Cup food coverage from Yahoo Sports:
- - - - - - -
- Sports & Recreation
- dulce de leche
- World Cup 2014