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 ban covers ...

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