The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ( DEFRA ) has announced a grant of £3m (US$4.3m) to help the UK food and drink industry recover from the foot and mouth crisis. Since the food industry said it was swallowing losses of some £50m per week at the height of the crisis, due to a ban on exports of animal-derived foods, including dairy products, the cash injection is modest, but is being received as "a step in the right direction" by the companies worst hit by the crisis.