Restrictions on the French meat and dairy trade imposed after the detection of foot and mouth disease have been relaxed by the European Commission. Livestock exports remain covered by a ban. But the Commission on Tuesday confirmed that the sale and export of non-treated milk, meat and meat products would now be allowed from most of France. Restrictions on such products would apply only to the regions of France affected by the second case of foot and mouth disease discovered on March 23. These are the départments of Seine et Marne, Seine Saint-Denis and Val-d'Oise. The enforcement of the decision had been dependent on there being no new cases of foot and mouth disease reported in France. It added that the ban on the export of all French livestock susceptible to the virus would remain in place until April 12. {{NEWS }}