The following statement was issued by Tommy Irvin, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture: "Last year when I planned my visit to our department's international office in Brussels and to promote Georgia agricultural products at Great Britain's largest food show, there was not even a hint of a cloud of foot-and- mouth disease on the horizon in Europe. Before I headed across the Atlantic, an ominous cloud of disease had engulfed all of Great Britain and other countries. I saw the pits where animals were being buried and heard the stories of despair. I listened to the struggles and recommendations of British officials dealing with this crisis.