Dairy product manufacturers and traders are appealing to the media to correct the widespread reports that a total ban on dairy product exports from the UK exists as a result of the foot and mouth disease outbreak. These reports are said to be wide of the mark and are helping to convince overseas buyers that they should not be accepting British-made products at the present time. The true facts are that the export of products has been authorised by the EU Commission provided that sufficiently rigorous heat treatment of the products has been carried out during the manufacturing process. The exports then have to be accompanied by official certification to this effect. Products such as milk powders, condensed milk, most cheese and butter have no difficulty in satisfying the heat treatment requirement and significant exports are still taking place. However there are difficulties with some overseas customs authorities and some customers are still proving reluctant to accept UK product. {{M/E CANNED GOODS }}