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2017 m. May 11 d.
This week, a delegation of five experts from the Food Safety Agency of Moldova (ANSA) headed by Dr. Gheorghe Gaberi, Director of the National Food Safety Agency of Moldova, is visiting the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). These experts are visiting Lithuania under the EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“. The visitors were introduced to the official animal health and welfare control carried out by the SFVS, the SFVS shared experience in the fields of collection, transportation, treatment, processing and storing of animal by-products (ABPs). At the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, the Moldovan exerts have looked into the issues of collection and analysis of animal origin laboratory samples and disposal of samples of carcasses and discovered dead animals. The programme of the visit involves a visit to the Alanta Technology and Business School (Molėtai district), waste rendering plants UAB “Horeca sprendimai“ (Vilnius) and UAB “Biodegra“ (Širvintos district), UAB “Rietavo veterinarinė sanitarija“ and the plant manufacturing preserved pet food – UAB “Mars Lietuva“ where they are going to get working knowledge of the animal by-product handling system implemented in Lithuania. “We are related to our colleagues from Moldova by several years of close cooperation. The National Food Safety Agency of Moldova was established in 2013 based on the experience acquired from the SFVS. As regards co-operation, the twinning project implemented jointly with the United Kingdom in 2010–2013 on the issues of food safety standards and consumer protection as well as the development cooperation projects that have been under implementation in this country in the past time need to be mentioned“, – said SFVS Director Mr Darius Remeika. The handling of animal by-products is an acute issue for many countries. Delegations of specialists from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Ukraine and other countries learned from experience available at the SFVS.  
2017 m. May 11 d.
This May is going to see a twofold anniversary of the membership of Lithuania in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). This is 85 years since the membership agreement was signed in 1932 and 25 years since Lithuania resumed its membership in 1992 as an independent state.   OIE is an international organisation with the membership of 180 countries worldwide responsible for the improvement of animal health and welfare as well as veterinary public health worldwide. Nowadays, through the effects of globalisation, infectious diseases can often spread at lightning speed. 60 % of all the pathogens that effect humans are of animal origin. Effective surveillance, enabling early detection of these diseases at their source in animals, is therefore crucial so that they can be quickly controlled, thereby protecting animal and human populations. Since its creation, one of the OIE’s historic missions has been to ensure transparency and improve knowledge of the global animal disease situation, including zoonoses. Animal health and welfare standards prepared and adopted by the OIE are recognised as reference by the World Trade Organisation ensuring safe world trade in animals and animal origin products that are in compliance with high animal welfare standards. The standards that are acknowledged worldwide enable more effective control of infectious animal diseases. “This year marks 25 years since Lithuania resumed is full-fledged membership in this organisation. This is extremely important as now we have an opportunity to communicate and co-operate with veterinary officers from 180 countries as equal partners. This provides unique opportunities in negotiations on opening markets for food export, in representing Lithuania as a country, which successfully implements the global animal health, welfare and veterinary public health standards”, – says Mr Darius Remeika, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service. On 21–26 May this year, global actions are going to be discussed at the OIE General Session to be held in Paris, which have to be taken in order to reduce the risk of anti-microbial resistance, furthermore, the plan is to consider international programmes for animal health and development of livestock farming, disease control methods, safety problems faced in the process of international trade in animals and animal origin products.
2017 m. March 27 d.
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Jose Cortinas Abrahantes, Andrey Gogin, Jane Richardson and Andrea Gervelmeyer Abstract African swine fever virus (ASFV) has been notified in the Baltic countries and the eastern part of Poland from the beginning of 2014 up to now. In collaboration with the ASF-affected Member States (MS), EFSA is updating the epidemiological analysis of ASF in the European Union which was carried out in 2015. For this purpose, the latest epidemiological and laboratory data were analysed in order to identify the spatial–temporal pattern of the epidemic and a risk factors facilitating its spread. Currently, the ASF outbreaks in wild boar in the Baltic countries and Poland can be defined as a small-scale epidemic with a slow average spatial spread in wild boar subpopulations (approximately from 1 in Lithuania and Poland to 2 km/month in Estonia and Latvia). The number of positive samples in hunted wild boar peaks in winter which can be explained by human activity patterns (significant hunting activity over winter). The number of positive samples in wild boar found dead peaks in summer. This could be related to the epidemiology of the disease and/or the biology of wild boar; however, this needs further investigation. Virus prevalence in hunted wild boar is very low (0.04–3%), without any apparent trend over time. Apparent virus prevalence at country level in wild boar found dead in affected countries ranges from 60% to 86%, with the exception of Poland, where values between 0.5% and 1.42%, were observed. Since the beginning of the epidemic, the apparent antibody prevalence in hunted wild boar has always been lower than the apparent virus prevalence, indicatingan unchanged epidemiological/immunological situation. The risk factor analysis shows an association between the number of settlements, human and domestic pigs population size or wild boar population density and the presence of ASF in wild boar for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.     © 2017 European Food Safety Authority. EFSA Journal published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd on behalf of European Food Safety Authority.
2017 m. March 01 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) informs that yesterday, i. e. on 27 February, a highly pathogenic virus of avian flu H5N8 was confirmed for 6 mute swans by the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute. This is the first time that this kind of a virus has been detected in Lithuania. The dead swans were found in Kaunas, in the Nemunas River. A swan close to death at the Nemunas bank was reported by a person who was having a walk there. This is a place where lots of waterfowl use to gather and where residents use to feed swans. When veterinary specialists arrived at the reported place 5 more dead swans were discovered. There is a severe threat that with weather warming the virus may be communicated by migrating birds, therefore, the SFVS is testing all the water birds that are found dead. After testing, the avian flu was confirmed for all the 6 birds that had been delivered to the laboratory. For some time now, cases of avian flu have been recorded in neighbouring EU Member States both in wild waterfowl and in domestic poultry keeping places where due to this disease 7.5 million birds have already been destroyed. Yesterday, the World Animal Health Information System of the World Organisation for Animal Health officially notified of the avian flu virus H5N8 identified for 3 mute swans in the Kaliningrad Region (the Russian Federation). Specialists underline that the virus of avian flu H5N8 is highly hazardous to birds, however, it does not pose any threat to human health. The SFVS reminds to poultry farms and keepers of individual birds that, as from 1 March, certain prohibitions take effect for at least one month (if the situation does not get worse), i. e. the instruction is to keep poultry indoors without letting them outside or to let them go out only in open-air grounds, which are installed in the manner to prevent direct contact with wild birds (e. g. the open-air ground is fenced on all sides and its it covered on top by mesh or roof).  Poultry keepers are obliged: • not to use water from open surface water bodies for watering poultry, • to store poultry feeding stuff in the manner enabling to protect it against wild birds or other animals, • to immediately notify the territorial units of the SFVS, under the control of which the territories where the poultry is kept fall, of spotted sick or dead birds. “It is very important that poultry keepers themselves understand the upcoming threat. The highly pathogenic avian flu H5N8 is already present in Lithuania and it is likely that this is not going to be a single case. Because of a high concentration of birds in the Nemunas River near Kaunas the virus can spread further. It is very important to protect poultry farms as in case of introduction of the virus into poultry keeping places economic losses are going to be enormous. Each poultry farmer is responsible for the health of his poultry. A SFVS order laying down measures to be applied by commercial poultry farms and smaller poultry keepers to avoid avian flu was issued. The European Commission also adopted a decision laying down biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of transmission of highly pathogenic avian flu caused by Flu virus A subtype H5N1 from birds living in the wild to poultry and other captive birds and providing for an early detection system in areas at particular risk. The key objective of these legal acts is to specify measures that will help to avoid avian flu. I would like to remind that the aim of the SFVS is to increase the awareness of poultry keepers and to help them to jointly protect themselves against this dangerous disease leading to enormous losses instead of imposing sanctions on them”, – commented Mr Marius Masiulis, Head of the Emergency Response Department of the SFVS.    Major symptoms of avian flu are as follows: • The consumption of feeding stuffs and water has fallen by more than 20%; • the laying of eggs has decreased for more than two days (by more than 5%); • the poultry death rate has increased by 3% per week (in farms keeping a few birds death of two or more birds at a time is a sign of concern!); • clinical symptoms or lesions giving rise to suspicion of the disease. Having noticed dead wild water birds, residents are kindly asked to report this to the territorial unit of the SFVS or on the free 24-hour phone line +370 800 40403.  
2017 m. February 21 d.
Last Friday saw the launch of an EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“ in Chisinau (Moldova), which is going to be implemented by experts of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) and State Plant Service (SPS) jointly with partners from Latvia and Sweden. The kick-off meeting of the Twinning Project enjoyed a special attention from top officials of the Republic of Moldova and the press. At the official event, the welcome address was given by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Head of the EU Delegation in Chisinau, Vice Minister for Agriculture of Lithuania, Director General of the National Food Safety Agency of Moldova, Ambassadors of Lithuania, Latvia and Sweden to Moldova. “All the four countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and Moldova) are ready to work as one team and implement all the planned objectives. The activities will cover the development of the legal framework and procedures and their implementation. We hope that the results achieved will help to strengthen food safety in this country and to improve economic and import opportunities”, – emphasised Dr Vidmantas Paulauskas – the Project Leader on the Lithuanian side, Deputy Director of the SFVS. This two-year project will help to implement a uniform control system for food safety in compliance with European Union (EU) standards in Moldova. International practice will be implemented through EU standards and legislation laying down food safety requirements in the fields of food and feed safety, veterinary, sanitary and phytosanitary activities. This will enable to improve the quality of foodstuffs, protection of consumer rights, to strengthen export opportunities for Moldovan agricultural production.

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2017 m. May 11 d.

This week, a delegation of five experts from the Food Safety Agency of Moldova (ANSA) headed by Dr. Gheorghe Gaberi, Director of the National Food Safety Agency of Moldova, is visiting the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). These experts are visiting Lithuania under the EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“.

2017 m. May 11 d.

This May is going to see a twofold anniversary of the membership of Lithuania in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). This is 85 years since the membership agreement was signed in 1932 and 25 years since Lithuania resumed its membership in 1992 as an independent state.  

2017 m. March 27 d.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Jose Cortinas Abrahantes, Andrey Gogin, Jane Richardson and Andrea Gervelmeyer Abstract African swine fever virus (ASFV) has been notified in the Baltic countries and the eastern part of Poland from the beginning of 2014 up to now.

2017 m. March 01 d.

The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) informs that yesterday, i. e. on 27 February, a highly pathogenic virus of avian flu H5N8 was confirmed for 6 mute swans by the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute.

2017 m. February 21 d.

Last Friday saw the launch of an EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“ in Chisinau (Moldova), which is going to be implemented by experts of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) and State Plant Service (SPS) jointly with partners from Latvia and Sweden.