The European Commission adopted yesterday interim protective measures in response to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom. The exports of live animals, fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products and other animal products from the UK to other parts of the Community are prohibited until 1 March 2001, unless the latter are treated appropriately. The decision will apply immediately and shall be reviewed at the meeting of the Standing Veterinary Committee scheduled for the 27 February 2001. The Commission is actively monitoring the situation with the full co-operation of the UK veterinary health authorities. The situation will be reviewed at a meeting of the Standing Veterinary Committee on 27 February 2001 when it is hoped to have a better picture of the extent of the outbreak and of the effectiveness of the control measures.