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.
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.
The European Commission (EC) has published the first report on prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine. Initiatives and measures taken by the EU Member States to strengthen the struggle against the increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, which poses threat to public and animal health, were assessed in the document.
EFSA has assessed the safety of green tea catechins from dietary sources, following concerns regarding their possible harmful effects on the liver. EFSA concluded that catechins from green tea infusions and similar drinks are generally safe. When taken as food supplements, however, catechin doses at or above 800 mg/day may pose health concerns.
On 8–9 March, Health and Consumers Directorate General (SANCO) of the European Commission jointly with the EC Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) office organised an international workshop on the issues of monitoring and management of contagious animal diseases in the wildlife in Sofia (Bulgaria). Responsible specialists from the EU Member States and third countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Turkey, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus) participated at the workshop.