The European Union has lifted an embargo on British meat exports, except those from a part of the county of Surrey, where two outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease were confirmed earlier this month. A group of veterinary experts representing the EU's 27 member countries supported a European Commission proposal to limit export restrictions to a 6-mile radius around Surrey.

In a statement, the Commission said, "This means that exports of live animals, meat and dairy products will resume from the territory of Great Britain, apart from the [6-mile] zone in the county of Surrey". The decision takes effect Saturday, Aug. 25, and officials expect the country to resume exports early next week.

Meantime, the Surrey surveillance zone is likely to be lifted Aug. 30, and all exports are expected to be cleared from Sept. 11 or Sept. 12, officials told Reuters.