The US Department of Agriculture ( USDA ) revealed yesterday [Thursday] that it is considering whether to lift a foot-and-mouth disease ban on imports of meat products from Britain, which declared itself free of the highly contagious disease last week. Britain formally requested that the US lift the ban last week and Jim Rogers, spokesman for the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said that US officials are now investigating whether FMD had been successfully contained and eradicated.