Following a meeting of the Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) the European Commission agreed on Wednesday to adopt further measures to contain the foot-and-mouth disease. The additional protective measures follow the outbreak of the disease in the département of Mayenne in France. The dispatch of species of live animals which are susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease from anywhere in France is prohibited. In addition, fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products and other animal products from these species from the départements of Mayenne and Orne is prohibited, unless these products are treated appropriately. The new measures will be applicable until 27 March and will be reviewed at the meeting of the SVC scheduled for 20 and 21 March 2001. Following the outbreak of the disease in the United Kingdom, on 8 March the Commission had already adopted restrictions on movements of animals susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease throughout the European Union. Such animals must not be taken to livestock markets or assembly points and all movement of such animals is prohibited, except for direct transport to abattoirs or direct transfers from one farm to another, subject to authorisation from the competent authorities. The Commission and the 15 Member States have decided, however, to tighten the current measures to combat foot-and-mouth disease and to adopt interim Community protective measures to further restrict the movement of live susceptible animals and products derived from such animals in France.