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2019 m. March 15 d.
On 14 March, a closing meeting of the EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“ took place in Chisinau (the Republic of Moldova). This 27-month project was run by the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania (SFVS) jointly with junior partners from Latvia and Sweden. At the time of the Project, all the planned tasks were implemented – 20 national legal acts in the area of animal health and welfare, food safety were drafted in accordance with EU requirements, as well as more than 30 standard procedures and checklists, animal disease surveillance programmes, emergency plans. 6 study visits to Lithuania and Latvia for specialists from Moldova, 14 seminars for more than six hundred participants, 10 training events with participation of 120 persons were arranged under the project. At the official event, welcoming speeches were given by the Ambassador of the European Union to Moldova Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Moldova Kęstutis Kudzmanas, Director of the SFVS Darius Remeika, Deputy Director General of the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova (ANSA) Ion Toma, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of Moldova Veaceslav Cernat, Director of Milk and Dairy Product Association in Moldova Carolina Linte, etc. Ion Toma, Deputy Director General of ANSA expressed his satisfaction with the project, the professionalism of experts and their support in practice. He also noted that there was still a lot of work pending and one more project would be necessary in the future. The Ambassador Kęstutis Kudzmanas pointed out that the Euro-integration aspirations of Moldova were consistently supported by Lithuania whereas the future progress of this country would depend on the course of the implementation of reforms and their results. There is also intensive cooperation in Moldova under the Lithuanian Development Cooperation Programme. This year alone, about 20 bilateral development cooperation projects are planned. “We hope that this project will help ANSA to implement their plans in the areas of food safety and veterinary medicine in line with EU requirements, which will lead to opening the EU market to Moldovan products. In the process of the implementation of the Project we not only provided support but also exchanged experience with colleagues. The project helped all of us to develop personally and improve our competencies, whereas the cooperation with ANSA will not stop, it will further continue under the Development Cooperation Programme on the bilateral basis”, – commented Director of the SFVS Darius Remeika. At the meeting in Chisinau, the participants of the project expressed their satisfaction with its successful implementation. Specialists from Moldova gave a very good assessment to the expertise of the specialists and their benevolence in sharing this expertise. ANSA specialists expressed their expectations that the successful cooperation in the fields of food safety, veterinary medicine and phytosanitary activities would continue.
2019 m. January 16 d.
On 14 January, Mr. Darius Remeika, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service of Lithuania and Dr. Paweł Niemczuk, Head of the competent veterinary authority of Poland, had a technical meeting to discuss the requirements and conditions for bilateral trade in live pigs. During the meeting, the officials discussed the application of control and preventive measures with regard to African swine fever (ASF) in both countries and the technical requirements for trade in pigs from the regions falling under the ASF Part II area. The Chief Veterinary Officers of both countries agreed on the application of technical requirements and on the mechanisms of information exchange between Lithuania and Poland. It was stressed that this technical meeting had been arranged to facilitate the agreement between Ministers of Agriculture of both countries in order to resume the trade in live pigs between the two countries.  
2018 m. December 03 d.
The manual “African swine fever: detection and diagnosis” for veterinarians written by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has already been translated into the Lithuanian language. The objective of this manual is to provide information to veterinarians, veterinary assistants and staff of diagnostic laboratories to enable them to diagnose African swine fever (ASF) in due time and respond to outbreaks of the disease or individual cases. Furthermore, pig producers, hunters and foresters will also find useful information in this manual. General details on this disease and its causes, including epizootology, modes of transmission and geographical distribution are provided in the Manual. Information on ASF detection and diagnosis – from field diagnosis (clinical signs, autopsy data and differential diagnosis) to laboratory confirmation (all major analysis methods for the virus and antibodies) is chronologically provided in the Manual. Recommendations on how to select samples, how to pack them and transport them to the laboratory as well as emergency actions to be performed in a pig house upon suspicion of an outbreak of the disease are provided. African swine fever is a contagious viral disease, which infects pigs of any age and which causes a haemorrhagic fever. The disease usually has an acute form and up to 100 % of infected pigs die. There is no effective vaccine or method of treatment, therefore, early detection of the virus and prompt reaction to outbreaks of the disease are crucial. Major role in this matter is played by veterinarians and other specialists who are the first to encounter with this disease. The Manual in the electronic form can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/I7228LT.
2018 m. November 16 d.
This week, three experts from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of South Korea will be conducting audit in the field of control on poultry meat and its products. This audit is an important step in coordinating the permissions for Lithuanian poultry establishments to export their production to South Korea. At the State Food and Veterinary Service, the experts will get acquainted with the official veterinary control carried out in our country, requirements and control standards applied, documentation. At the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, the specialists from South Korea are going to have a deeper insight into the analyses performed and their procedures. The experts are going to visit territorial State Food and Veterinary Services, poultry farms, a poultry slaughter and cutting plant, a refrigerated warehouse for meat where the practical operation of the food safety and control system is going to be assessed. Lithuanian producers already export milk products and pet food to South Korea. This year alone, more than 1400 t of milk products (cheese, curds, butter, milk sugar, ice cream), pet food for dogs and cats (302 t), etc. has been exported to this country in Asia. 
2018 m. November 14 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service has received information from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan that the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute had been included in the list of accredited laboratories where the analysis for the effectiveness of vaccination against rabies can be performed for pet animals to be transported to Japan. This is substantial facilitation for owners of pet animals who wish to travel to Japan together with their pets. Up to now, persons who export pet animals or travel with them to another country have had to make tests for rabies at laboratories in other countries, which are included in the list of accredited laboratories of Japan. Furthermore, on 1 November this year, the coordination of the certification procedures for export of pet animals or for travelling with them was finalised. Thus, the inclusion of the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute into the list of accredited testing laboratories for rabies and the agreement on necessary veterinary documents makes the travelling from Lithuania to Japan together with pet animals as well as trading in pet animals possible. The dogs and cats to be transported to Japan have to be identified by transponders (microchips) and at least twice vaccinated against rabies, the testing for rabies antibodies must have been performed and the animals must have stayed in quarantine for 180 days. Moreover, the animals must have got certificates issued by competent veterinary authorities of the exporting country.

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2019 m. March 15 d.

On 14 March, a closing meeting of the EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“ took place in Chisinau (the Republic of Moldova). This 27-month project was run by the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania (SFVS) jointly with junior partners from Latvia and Sweden.

2019 m. January 16 d.

On 14 January, Mr. Darius Remeika, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service of Lithuania and Dr. Paweł Niemczuk, Head of the competent veterinary authority of Poland, had a technical meeting to discuss the requirements and conditions for bilateral trade in live pigs.

2018 m. December 03 d.

The manual “African swine fever: detection and diagnosis” for veterinarians written by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has already been translated into the Lithuanian language.

2018 m. November 16 d.

This week, three experts from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of South Korea will be conducting audit in the field of control on poultry meat and its products. This audit is an important step in coordinating the permissions for Lithuanian poultry establishments to export their production to South Korea.

2018 m. November 14 d.

The State Food and Veterinary Service has received information from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan that the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute had been included in the list of accredited laboratories where the analysis for the effectiveness of vaccination against rabies can be performed for pet animals to be transported to Japan.