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2016 m. September 12 d.
Mineral water production establishments have been inspected with the assessment of conditions of production of mineral water as well as water laboratory analysis results. After summarising the inspection results, it was confirmed that the natural mineral water produced in Lithuania is in conformity with the established microbiological, chemical and physical indicators and that it is safe and of good quality. According to information available at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), 7 establishments are engaged in bottling natural mineral water in Lithuania. Three of them are located in Druskininkai and one establishment is located Varėna, Birštonas, Telšiai and in Vilnius district. “The bores and their shafts are duly installed in all of the establishments, due care is taken of the protection zones of the well fields. Few irregularities have been revealed during the inspections of the establishments. They were most frequently related to non-compliances with general hygiene requirements: in some of their premises establishments have failed to ensure good condition of walls, ceilings, floors, equipment or cleanness, etc. The analysis of laboratory test results has not shown any deviations from standards”, – commented Ms Vilija Galdikienė, Chief Specialist of the Food Department of the SFVS. According to Ms V. Galdikienė, natural mineral waters with 12 different names, which differ from each other in concentration of minerals and typical ingredients, are bottled in Lithuania. As regards the concentration of minerals, the largest group of natural mineral waters is the group containing few minerals, however, the mineral waters with big amounts of minerals are also popular. 3–4 consumer complaints on natural mineral water are received annually. Consumers complain about extraneous taste or odour, uncharacteristic colour (e. g., water is yellowish), sediments. Consumers sometime have doubts about the origin of the product.  
2016 m. September 11 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) started providing public services in electronic environment – Integrated Food and Veterinary Information System (IMVIS). Documents issued by the SFVS, its territorial units, border inspection posts and National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute can be ordered and received without leaving home. It is convenient to pay the automatically generated invoices for public services rendered by the SFVS through the IMVIS. With the help of the IMVIS you can: 1. Adjust details of an activity carried out by a person or entity subject to SFVS control. 2. Find information about findings of inspections carried out by the SFVS at a specific establishment. 3. Order public services rendered by the SFVS, observe their performance, observe the history of documents issued by the SFVS and laboratory analyses carried out. 4. Print out documents issued by the SFVS. 5. Enter laboratory testing results for public drinking water supplies. 6. Have access to latest information on legal acts adopted by the SFVS and their amendments. A module of the Geographic Information System was installed in the IMVIS, which enables: 1. Viewing the wellfield map and published laboratory analyses results for drinking water. 2. Finding information on infected herds of animals and protection zones. 3. Following information on animals that were diagnosed with infectious diseases. 4. Finding out the health status of your cattle herd and data of analyses. IMVIS has a useful and technologically new property – a newly developed semantic search module, which, compared to the usual search for information on the internet, enables finding SFVS activity-related information significantly faster and easier. Furthermore, with the help of modern technologies (e. g. smart phones) IMVIS users can conveniently and rapidly contact the SFVS and other control institutions, receive prompt answers to questions whereas the integration of the IMVIS with information systems of other state institutions enables the SFVS managing common tasks and solving arising problems more rapidly and effectively. You can sign in to the IMVIS at https://imvis.vmvt.lt/
2016 m. August 30 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service informs that the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China has approved the list of seventeen Lithuanian milk processing establishments, which are authorised to export dairy products to this country in Asia. “This is wonderful news for producers of Lithuanian milk products. The negotiations on export permits for Lithuanian milk and dairy products to China were started in 2011. This has been a lasting process. Chinese responsible authorities have been provided a few hundreds of copies of documents, questionnaires; experts from this country have visited Lithuania even twice and made an assessment not only on the preparedness of establishments but also the effectiveness and reliability of the official food and veterinary control system. Therefore, such a successful outcome of the negotiation process refers to excellent assessment of the entire dairy production sector”, – emphasised Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service Mr Deividas Kliučinskas. Lithuanian establishments will be able to export condensed milk, butter, cheese, milk powder, protein concentrates and other dairy production. List of Lithuania establishments
2016 m. July 21 d.
This is four years that the Programme for Ensuring Milk Sample Identification, which is one of the most successful programmes run by the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and the state enterprise “Pieno tyrimai”, has been carried out. Compared against 2012 the numbers of cases of milk sample falsification have decreased by more than ten times. In the first half of 2016, 9 cases of falsification of milk samples were revealed, in 2015 – 13 cases whereas in 2012, 51 reports on likely falsification of milk samples were recorded. According to Mr Deividas Kliučinskas, Deputy Director of the SFVS, one of major infringements is when samples of the same milk are attempted to be presented as milk produced by different producers. The cases when samples for the analysis of several indicators of the same milk are taken from different batches of milk are also recorded quite often. According to the specialist, the programme enabled to substantially improve the quality of raw milk that is purchased, furthermore, it helped to highlight weaknesses of the milk purchase system, promptly identify irresponsible milk producers or purchasers or those who make attempts to cheat. “It should be admitted that there are still cases identified when milk purchasers unduly rectify the identified irregularities and make attempts to artificially “improve” the quality of purchased milk. For example, this year, cases of milk falsification have been identified in the agricultural cooperative ŽŪK “Krosnos pienas” as many as three times, in the agricultural cooperative ŽŪK “Ėriškių pienas” twice”, – points out Mr. D. Kliučinskas. After identification of cases of fraud, the validity of certificates of qualification of a milk purchaser shall be suspended for 6 months. In case of failing to observe other requirements of milk purchase rules or legislation the certificate of qualification can be revoked. Milk purchasers who failed to rectify irregularities may be banned from engaging in this activity in the future.  
2016 m. July 20 d.
An external evaluation carried out in 2015 showed that both businesses and national authorities are still not sufficiently aware of the principle of mutual recognition, facilitating the free movement of goods, and it is rarely applied. To fully benefit from the potential of the internal market, the EU Commission undertook, in its Single Market Strategy, to improve the functioning of mutual recognition by revising the Mutual Recognition Regulation. The principle of mutual recognition means that the business, which is lawfully selling a product in one Member State, should be able to sell it in other Member States without adapting it to the national rules of that Member State, even when there are no common European rules on how the product has to be manufactured (rules on i.e. characteristics of the product, size, composition, etc.). With this open-line consultation the EU Commission seeks the views of all interested parties on the mutual recognition principle and its possible shortcomings, the functioning of the Mutual Recognition Regulation and potential options to be explored for the revision of the Mutual Recognition Regulation. The consultation will run until 30/09/2016. Detailed information and the on-line questionnaire

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2016 m. September 12 d.

Mineral water production establishments have been inspected with the assessment of conditions of production of mineral water as well as water laboratory analysis results. After summarising the inspection results, it was confirmed that the natural mineral water produced in Lithuania is in conformity with the established microbiological, chemical and physical indicators and that it is safe and of good quality.

2016 m. September 11 d.

SFVS started providing public services in electronic environment – Integrated Food and Veterinary Information System (IMVIS).

2016 m. August 30 d.

The State Food and Veterinary Service informs that the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China has approved the list of seventeen Lithuanian milk processing establishments, which are authorised to export dairy products to this country in Asia.

2016 m. July 21 d.

This is four years that the Programme for Ensuring Milk Sample Identification, which is one of the most successful programmes run by the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and the state enterprise “Pieno tyrimai”, has been carried out. Compared against 2012 the numbers of cases of milk sample falsification have decreased by more than ten times.

2016 m. July 20 d.

An external evaluation carried out in 2015 showed that both businesses and national authorities are still not sufficiently aware of the principle of mutual recognition, facilitating the free movement of goods, and it is rarely applied.