FOOT-AND-MOUTH LEADS USDA TO BAN EURO MEAT

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week said it had imposed a ban on the import of all animals and animal products from the European Union as a safety precaution against the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.The announcement came shortly after a confirmed case of foot-and-mouth disease was reported in France. Previously, confirmed cases had been confined to the northwestern regions

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week said it had imposed a ban on the import of all animals and animal products from the European Union as a safety precaution against the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

The announcement came shortly after a confirmed case of foot-and-mouth disease was reported in France. Previously, confirmed cases had been confined to the northwestern regions of the U.K., including one isolated case in Northern Ireland.

"Basically, the

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