World Watch

Britain's European neighbors stepped up frantic efforts to prevent foot-and-mouth disease from crossing the English Channel. As new cases of the contagious animal virus turned up in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Germany ordered the destruction of sheep and goats recently imported from Britain. France sent 50,000 sheep to the slaughter and the European Commission banned U.K. livestock imports until at least March 9. Britain—which had already halted the export of all livestock, milk and meat products—restricted animal movements. The crisis bit deep into the rural economy and reignited national debate about food safety, the future of agriculture...

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