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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
2016 m. July 20 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), together with partners from Sweden and Latvia, has recently won the two-year EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova”. The project is expected to start in November 2016. The SFVS will lead the team of experts from Lithuania, Sweden and Latvia who will help the National Food Safety Agency of Moldova to implement EU standards and legislation, food safety standards, as well as a unified food safety control system in all regions of the country. It is expected that the results of the Twinning Project will strengthen the export capacities of Moldova's agricultural products. The Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova” is already the fifth project implemented by the SFVS in Moldova. A couple of projects in food safety standards and consumer protection already were implemented in 2010-2013, together with the United Kingdom. Furthermore, the SFVS is currently engaged in the project, which is a part of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Programme for the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion.  
2016 m. July 20 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) informs that African Swine Fever (ASF) was identified for 3 pigs kept in a small pig farm in Juodeliai village (Elektrėnai municipality). The pig keeper himself notified a veterinarian of one sick pig. The veterinarian, having assessed the course of the disease and its symptoms, took blood samples for the confirmation of the diagnosis and notified the Elektrėnai SFVS of the incident. After the confirmation of the ASF diagnosis by the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute (NFVRAI) all the 3 pigs that were kept at the farm were killed and samples were collected for analyses. The analyses carried out by specialists of the NFVRAI have confirmed the presence of the ASF virus for all the 3 pigs. “No ASF virus has been detected in wild boar or in domestic pigs in Elektrėnai municipality up to now. However, this municipality was classified as an ASF-infected area under continuous ASF surveillance because of its geographical location. By the way, this has been not only the first outbreak of ASF in the area of Elektrėnai municipality but also the first ASF case in a pig farm diagnosed in Lithuania this year. At the moment, reasons of the introduction of the infection in the pig farm are under investigation”, – said Deputy Director of the SFVS Dr. Vidmantas Paulauskas. A protection zone and a surveillance zone with the radius 3 km and 10 km have been established around the source of the infection. According to preliminary data, 326 pigs were declared in those zones in total. Specialists of the SFVS started checks of pig-keeping holdings falling within the zones in question, i. e. they perform clinical examination of animals and census of the pigs kept. To prevent the spread of the virus the pig keepers that fall within the 3 km protection zone will be obliged to slaughter all the pigs kept. Private veterinarians or Elektrėnai SFVS must be notified prior to the slaughter to ensure the selection of kidney, liver, spleen and blood samples for analyses. In case of negative test results the meat may be consumed for own purposes. Compensations will be paid out for slaughtered pigs to their keepers.
2016 m. June 28 d.
The Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator is the main document enabling to carry out food-related activity. Only food business operators holding an Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator can be engaged in food-related activity. An Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator is obligatory for: - manufacturers (establishments manufacturing food supplements, primary products, establishments collecting and placing on the market tea herbs or spice plants in small quantities, etc.); - traders (wholesale and retail companies, supermarkets carrying out pre-packaging, warehouses, drugstores, street vendors, etc.); - catering establishments (food handling establishments located in the Ministry of Defence and institutions of the defence system, Ministry of Interior and statutory bodies of the interior system, Prisons Department under the Ministry of Justice as well as within their territories); - natural persons carrying out food handling activities under business licences, individual activity certificates of Lithuanian residents, natural persons registered with the State Tax Inspectorate; - entities engaged in food handling activities during a certain season, etc. Approval certificates of food business operator are issued or food business operators are registered by territorial State Food and Veterinary Services in accordance with the location of the food handling activity. To receive an Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator the following documents have to be submitted to the territorial State Food and Veterinary Service: 1. An application of the fixed form for issuing an Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator. 2. A plan of food handling premises with the layout of equipment. 3. A description of the food handling process (e. g. trade in bulk products, delivery of cooked meals, etc.), design production capacity, the number of employees in the establishment, the planned number of employees in the establishment for start-ups. 4. Documents regulating the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) -based self-control system in accordance with provisions of the Lithuanian Hygiene Norm HN 15: 2005 “Food Hygiene”. 5. A copy of the licence for a drugstore. A state fee is charged for issuing the certificate. The certificate is issued for an indefinite duration.

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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.

2016 m. July 20 d.

The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), together with partners from Sweden and Latvia, has recently won the two-year EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova”. The project is expected to start in November 2016.

2016 m. July 20 d.

The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) informs that African Swine Fever (ASF) was identified for 3 pigs kept in a small pig farm in Juodeliai village (Elektrėnai municipality).

2016 m. June 28 d.

Only food business operators holding an Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator can be engaged in food-related activity