According to information of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), Lithuanian producers are fairly successful in expanding the export of milk and meat and their products. In 2017, establishments exported more than 63 thousand tons of milk products and 12 thousand tons of meat and meat products. Compared to 2016, the export of milk products increased by 16 % whereas the export of meat increased by 17 %.
Lithuania is seeking to be included in the list of countries with no risk to get infected with rabies – the contagious disease, which is lethally dangerous both to humans and animals. Not long ago, this disease was one of major concerns in our country. However, in the past decade, the situation in Lithuania has been constantly improving, whereas in the past two years, there has been not a single case of wild or domestic animals infected with rabies.
The European Commission (EC) took initiative to define priority problems in the field of animal welfare on the international level and to take coordinated actions to solve them. This week, a group of experts representing organisations of the public and private sectors have gathered at the kick-off meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare organised by the EC.
Last week, the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) hosted a seminar on “Agricultural sector in Japan – Untapped opportunities”. The seminar was attended by the representatives of the Lithuanian Confederation of Food Industry, milk processing companies and specialists from the SFVT.
On June 26, a three day workshop, organized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for the fifth time, has started in Vilnius, which is intended for the veterinarians to deal with the issues of animal contagious diseases spread in wild fauna.
On 28-29 May 2018 a meeting of an international expert working group was held at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), during which the data collection on the ASF virus, its transmission ways, spreading trends in the disease affected places were discussed as well as the scientific evaluation of this data and preparation of conclusions and recommendations.
On 24-27 May, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) Darius Remeika is representing Lithuania at the conference on animal welfare during transport and at the informal meeting of the Working Party of Chief Veterinary Officers of the Council of the European Union in Sofia (the Republic of Bulgaria).
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) has received a confirmation from the National Office of Food Safety of Morocco that the veterinary certificate for import of beef and its products from Lithuania to the Kingdom of Morocco had been agreed.