Australia on Wednesday banned all meat and dairy products and livestock from the European Union following the news that foot-and-mouth disease had reached France. The move by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) extends a ban imposed yesterday on all livestock from Britain and Ireland. Agriculture Minister Warren Truss said Australia had to take all available precautions to prevent an outbreak of the disease. Australia had banned meat products from the EU, the United Kingdom and Ireland in January over fears of mad cow disease. Australia is the latest country among many others to ban European meat. The list also includes New Zealand, South Korea, Norway, Japan, Estonia and Latvia.