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2017 m. November 02 d.
On 24 October, at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Police Department under the Ministry of Interior, Municipalities and the Association of Municipal Controllers discussed the improvement of the cooperation between state and municipal institutions in the area of dealing with the issues of animal keeping, animal welfare and safety. During the meeting, the problems of mutual cooperation arising in the process of dealing with animal keeping and animal welfare issues were discussed, the participants shared good practices in controlling the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Animal Welfare and Safety. The problems of veterinary aid to discovered injured animals, care for stray animals, their confiscation as well as other problems were discussed. According to SFVS specialists, there are frequent disagreements in actual life on which institution has to deal with the investigation of complaints related to undue keeping of animals in residential areas of municipalities. The participants came to consensus that a governmental approach and closer cooperation is required in the process of solving animal welfare issues, therefore, a single procedure laying down obligations and responsibilities of each responsible institution or establishment has to be drafted. Furthermore, the opinion that a single pet animal information register has to be developed in Lithuania was supported. The participants admitted that the qualification of persons responsible for those issues has to be improved, assistance has to be provided to them in identifying violations of animal welfare conditions.
2017 m. October 31 d.
It was proved by science that the presence of trans fats (or trans fatty acid isomers) in food may cause cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, obesity, may have an adverse effect on pregnancy and fetal development. It was also confirmed that these fats are 4–5 times as toxic as saturated fats. Even though there is no single regulation of the fat content in foods in the European Union (EU), certain Member States adopted national legal acts. In 2019, Lithuania is going to join these countries as this is laid down in the draft legal act, which is currently under preparation. Results of research, which has been carried out by the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) for a few years, show that the levels of trans fats in nearly as many as half of the foodstuffs subject to research was higher than recommended by the World Health Organisation. It was established that the highest risk foodstuffs were confectionery, cookies, bakery products, fat spreads. Risk for health is posed by partially hydrogenated fats contained in these products. The recommendation of the World Health Organisation is that the daily intake of the above-mentioned fats should not exceed 1 % of the daily energy, i. e. the recommended daily dietary intake of trans fats for an adult person who receives 2,000 kcal of energy with food should not exceed 2.2 grams. During the research carried out by the SFVS, 147 foodstuffs with the highest risk were analysed, the trans-fat content in those foodstuffs was determined. Confectionery, cookies, pastry, buns, cakes, wafers, tree cakes (baumkuchens), frozen dough, glazed sweet curd cheeses, margarine, fat spreads, pastry fats, glazes were analysed.   In as many as 48 % of samples of the foodstuffs analysed, the levels of trans fats were higher than the levels identified in other countries. The content of trans fats in foodstuffs produced with the use of hydrogenated fat or partially hydrogenated fat ranged from below the limit of detection level, i. e. <0.05 g /100 g of fat to 43.48 g /100 g of fat. The content of trans fats exceeding 2 g /100 g of fat was detected in 89 % of analysed confectionary, 50 % of fats and glazes, 39 % of cookies, 33 % of other different bakery products, 27 % of milk products. “Manufacturers of foodstuffs have already been introduced to the regulation, which is going to come into effect in Lithuania. This will, of course, lead to certain challenges related to changing recipes of products and production technologies, therefore, a fairly lengthy transition period has been provided for. Our specialists are also ready to help and give advice. At the moment, the consumers who wish to avoid trans fats in food should avoid foodstuffs containing partially hydrogenated fat. When the legal act comes into force such products should no longer be available on the market, so, this will considerably facilitate the choice for consumers”, – said Director of the SFVS Mr Darius Remeika. At present, the maximum allowed level of trans fats in foodstuffs is regulated in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway.
2017 m. October 03 d.
Last week, specialists from the Mongolian competent authority Generalized Agency for Specialized Inspection (GASI) are visiting the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). They came to Lithuania to share experience in the field of official food control. The SFVS is running a project “Support for Mongolia in the Area of Food Safety and Control“ under the contract for the implementation of the project under the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme signed between the SFVS and Embassy of Lithuania to China, which is also accredited for Mongolia, on 29 August 2017. Today, competent specialists of the SFVS have introduced the Mongolian colleagues to the official control carried out in our country, made an overview of the measures for ensuring food safety that are applied in the entire food chain, shared their experience on the issues of removal of unsafe products form the market. During the visit, the Mongolian specialists will visit a territorial SFVS, milk processing, food retail and catering establishments. The visitors will be introduced to the laboratory analysis for foodstuffs, application of their methods at the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute. “We have been cooperating with competent authorities from third countries under the Development Cooperation Programme for nearly as many as ten years, however, this is the first project with Mongolia. We are happy that our achievements in the field of food control are appreciated by more and more countries. Colleagues from Mongolia appreciate a lot the experience available at the SFVS as they are going to apply higher standards not only to exported production but also to the production on the domestic market“, – commented Dr. Vidmantas Paulauskas, Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service.  
2017 m. October 02 d.
Audit conducted at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) by experts of the Health and Food Audits and Analysis Directorate of the European Commission has been completed. The audit was conducted in order to make assessment of the implementation of the European Commission monitoring programme for antimicrobial resistance. Furthermore, the experts made an assessment of the implementation of the monitoring programme for the resistance of zoonotic and symbiotic bacteria to antimicrobial substances in certain food animals and foodstuffs (monitoring programme), checked the validity of reported data. At the final meeting, the auditors provided a conclusion that the monitoring programme for the resistance of zoonotic and symbiotic bacteria to antimicrobial substances in certain food animals and foodstuffs for 2014–2016 is being implemented adequately in Lithuania. The experts emphasised the progress made in tackling problems related to combating antimicrobial resistance in Lithuania, which is observed annually. The auditors underlined good performance of planning, sampling and reporting activities carried out under this programme. The experts of the European Commission provided comments and recommendations to improve the activities of the SFVS, which will be taken into consideration in the process of drafting annual monitoring plans for the resistance of zoonotic and symbiotic bacteria to antimicrobial substances in the future.    
2017 m. October 02 d.
Combat against antimicrobial resistance is a big nowadays problem of the humanity. According to the forecast, in 2020, this problem may lead to the situation where medicine is helpless to save 10 million human lives. On 20 September, an international scientific seminar “Antimicrobial Resistance: Experiences, Solutions and Challenges” took place in Kaunas, at the Veterinary Academy under Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, to share experience in the field of antimicrobial resistance. This seminar was organised by the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) and the Institute of Animal Rearing Technologies under the Faculty of Animal Husbandry Technology of the Veterinary Academy jointly with the Lithuanian Poultry Meat and Grain Processors’ Associations. Veterinarians, persons engaged in pharmaceutical veterinary activities, animal husbandry specialists and representatives of associations were invited to the seminar. The participants were welcomed by Deputy Director of the SFVS Mr Deividas Kliučinskas. Experts from Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Lithuania made presentations at the seminar. An overview of the situation of antimicrobial resistance in the veterinary field, strategy for the reduction of the use of antibiotics, scientific risk assessment, research results in the field of resistance of bacteria to antibiotics was made. Guidelines for the use of antibiotics in the cattle rearing, poultry and other sectors were presented to the participants of the seminar. The participants shared their experience, discussed challenges faced by farmers and animal producers. “A decreasing tendency for the consumption of antibiotics is observed in the European Union (EU). We can rejoice that the quantities of antibiotics sold for veterinary purposes in Lithuania are lower than the average quantities in other EU Member States. This is thanks to increasing the public awareness of this issue, different scientific projects and search for other ways to tackle the issue. Today, it is very important to focus joint efforts seeking to ensure that antimicrobial substances remain an efficient and effective tool for combating animal and human diseases”, – said Deputy Director of the SFVS Mr. D. Kliučinskas.  

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2017 m. November 02 d.

On 24 October, at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Police Department under the Ministry of Interior, Municipalities and the Association of Municipal Controllers discussed the improvement of the cooperation between state and municipal institutions in the area of dealing with the issues of animal keeping, animal welfare and safety.

2017 m. October 31 d.

It was proved by science that the presence of trans fats (or trans fatty acid isomers) in food may cause cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, obesity, may have an adverse effect on pregnancy and fetal development. It was also confirmed that these fats are 4–5 times as toxic as saturated fats.

2017 m. October 03 d.

Last week, specialists from the Mongolian competent authority Generalized Agency for Specialized Inspection (GASI) are visiting the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). They came to Lithuania to share experience in the field of official food control.

2017 m. October 02 d.

Audit conducted at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) by experts of the Health and Food Audits and Analysis Directorate of the European Commission has been completed.

2017 m. October 02 d.

Combat against antimicrobial resistance is a big nowadays problem of the humanity. According to the forecast, in 2020, this problem may lead to the situation where medicine is helpless to save 10 million human lives.