What does it mean for consumers? The current outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in England does not pose a threat to food safety. The temporary controls imposed yesterday (21st February) by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) on the export of live animals, meat, and dairy products from the UK have come into force on grounds of animal health, not food safety, because meat and dairy products can be a vehicle for transmitting the virus to other animals.