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2017 m. January 09 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) informs that the situation in relation to avian influenza remains tense both in Europe and Asia. New outbreaks of this disease in poultry keeping places and in wild birds are further recorded. SinAce the beginning of this year, the SFVS has been 335 times informed of cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8): 140 cases have been recorded in Germany, 84 – in Switzerland, 35 – in Denmark, 37 – in the Netherlands, 7 – in Finland, 10 – in Sweden, 3 – in Austria, France and Hungary, 5 – in Poland and Romania, 2 – in Croatia, 1 case – in Serbia. 1109 birds of different species were found dead in the wildlife and collected for testing. The situation is not getting any better in poultry keeping places. In the past few months only, 350 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in farm holdings have been reported. 215 outbreaks of the influenza have been recorded in Hungary (over 2 million birds have been destroyed), 80 – in France (0.45 million birds have been destroyed), 21 – in Germany (over 130 thousand birds have been destroyed), 5 – in Russia (over 340 thousand birds have been destroyed), 9 – in the Netherlands (200 thousand birds have been destroyed), 15 – in Poland (over 200 thousand birds have been destroyed), 4 – in Ukraine,3 – in Serbia, 2 – both in Italy and Sweden, 1 – in Austria, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Over 3.5 million poultry have been destroyed in all the countries in relation to outbreaks. The avian influenza is spreading in the continents of Asia and Africa. Most cases of the avian influenza in Asia are confirmed in China. Late in December, a case of the highly pathogenic influenza (H5N6) has been confirmed at a farm holding located in the prefecture of Ili Kazak rearing over 66 thousand birds. In 2016, 78 outbreaks have been recorded in total in this country leading to the destruction of 370 thousand birds that were reared for human consumption purposes. On 25 December, another type of avian influenza was detected at a farm holding in India rearing 2.2 thousand birds. This year, 10 outbreaks of the disease have been recorded in India, during which over 154 thousand of poultry have been destroyed. African countries failed to evade avian influenza as well. 61 outbreaks of this disease have been identified in Ghana, nearly 30 thousand birds have been destroyed in this country because of the outbreaks. The SFVS is warning bird keepers to stay alert and to strictly observe biological safety requirements. In case any dead wild water birds are discovered or the perishing of wild birds or poultry is observed, the territorial State Food and Veterinary Service has to be notified immediately or the State Food and Veterinary Service has to be immediately notified on the free phone line 8 800 40 403.
2017 m. January 04 d.
Last week, the State Food and Veterinary Service in the process of its co-operation with the competent authority of Serbia agreed the veterinary requirements, which have to be met by Lithuanian poultry meat and meat products manufactured from different kinds of meat. This means that Lithuanian poultry establishments may offer their production to Serbian customers as well. “Serbia has not been a big export market for Lithuanian foodstuffs till now, however, the interest of our producers in this Balkan country has been constantly increasing. Now, producers of poultry products can start looking for prospect for their production in this country as well”, – says Dr. Vidmantas Paulauaskas, Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service. At present, the State Food and Veterinary Service has agreed with Serbia 8 veterinary certificates for different groups of animal origin food products. According to data of 2016, major exports to this country by Lithuanian food producers were fishery products and cheeses.
2016 m. November 09 d.
Since mid-October of this year, the USA experts in Lithuania have carried out an audit of state control on egg products, which lasted two weeks. This audit is an important step towards the coordination of permits for the egg producing companies of our country to export their products to the USA. The audit evaluated the effectiveness of food safety and control systems in Lithuania. An American expert went deep into the implementation of control and quality assurance systems in the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), evaluated the competence of its territorial divisions as well as the control equivalence to the applicable requirements in the USA. In addition, the audit was performed at the Lithuanian company, manufacturing and intending to export egg products to the USA. In assessing the objectivity and performance of laboratory tests, the expert visited the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute. During the final meeting, while discussing the progress of the audit and the first results, the experts from the SFVS were informed that the preliminary assessment of this audit is positive. A final and harmonized audit report is expected in a few months. The negotiations with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the Department of Agriculture in the USA due to the export of egg products were started in 2011 and were resumed in 2014. At the first stage of negotiations the necessary documentation and filled out questionnaires of equivalency were presented to the USA experts for their assessment. Over the past few years the information has been regularly updated, providing the latest data of state control on the egg products sector. One of the most important stages in the negotiations is the audit of compliance in Lithuania and its findings.
2016 m. November 09 d.
A meeting of Ministers for Agriculture and Heads of Veterinary Authorities of the Baltic Countries, Poland and neighbouring third countries on issues of African swine fever (ASF) took place in Poland. The European Commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis also participated at the meeting. Minister for Agriculture expressed her satisfaction that State Food and Veterinary Services of neighbouring countries work in close cooperation in their combat against ASF. In Minister’s words, with effective application of combat and prevention measures the disease is spreading at comparatively small distances in Lithuania. Furthermore, it was noted that, after the first ASF outbreak in commercial pig farms in our country in July 2014, outbreaks of the disease had been recorded in small farms only. This implied that larger pig rearing complexes had a fairly responsible attitude toward the application of biosafety measures. Minister also suggested simplifying the legal framework to be able to more promptly reallocate districts to other safety zones. In her words, when ASF outbreaks are recorded in non-commercial farms, protection zones are established around those farms and commercial complexes may fall within these zones. In such cases, they incur enormous losses because of restrictions applied. Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) Dr Vidmantas Paulauskas presented to participants the ASF situation in Lithuania and measures applied to combat this contagious disease. Dr V. Paulauskas underlined that all the outbreaks detected in pig keeping places in Lithuania this year occurred in farm holdings, which irresponsibly of not fully implemented recommended biosafety requirements. Deputy Directors’ opinion was that the responsibility of pig rearers and their awareness of major requirements to be implemented had to be strengthened in our country. Participants of the meeting came to the conclusion that in order to be able to fight effectively this insidious disease close cooperation among all countries and joint coordination of actions is required. 18 ASF outbreaks in small-sized pig keeping places have been recorded in Lithuania this year and all the 74 pigs that were kept there have been destroyed. Moreover, 235 outbreaks in wild fauna have been recorded where the virus has been confirmed for 353 wild boars (291 carrions and 62 hunted wild boars).  
2016 m. November 07 d.
The ways how to address this issue were discussed by scientists, human doctors, veterinary doctors and pharmaceutical professionals, representatives of sectoral livestock associations on 27 October 2016 at the international conference "Challenges in Addressing the Issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)". The conference together with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was organized by the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), which has announced 2016 to be the year of fighting against bacterial resistance to antimicrobials. The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, while speaking at the conference, has noted: "The bacterial resistance to antimicrobials is one of the largest and continually growing threats to mankind. Unfortunately, for the general public it is so far unknown, incomprehensible and therefore not assessed, but due to this problem over 25 thousand patients are dying each year in Europe. Thus, without effective measures taken even in the nearest future, infections considered to be already forgotten can strike a new force for humanity and surgery might become unspeakably dangerous". According to the Commissioner, the fight against antimicrobial resistance is being regarded as one of the most important tasks by the European Commission (EC). The conference participants were presented to the updated EC action plan, which since 2017 will mobilize the funds and measures of the European Union (EU) to promote cutting-edge research and to support national plans to combat AMR. The fact that AMR is a difficult and complex issue, involving not only human and animal health, but also the entire food chain, was highlighted by all speakers of the conference. In addition, the importance was taken to the cooperation of human doctors and veterinarians as well as the necessity to encourage the responsible use of antimicrobials in both human and veterinary medicine, to promote innovative diagnostic microbiological testing for the need of these materials to be determined. At the same time it was acknowledged that the involvement of farmers and livestock producers' associations is not less important along with the participation of scientists in the formation and justification of the fight against antimicrobial resistance actions. It is admitted that a long-term national program or the strategy establishing concrete actions is the most effective means of promoting both the general public awareness of the problem and effectively reducing antimicrobial resistance. That is why, since the beginning of 2016 the SFVS has developed and started implementing a long-term action plan, including not only the use of antimicrobials control and monitoring, but also providing for specific actions to reduce the use of these materials in different livestock sectors. The participants of the conference were welcomed by the Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitienė, Deputy Director of the Public Health Supervision Department in the Ministry of Health Dr. Audronė Astrauskienė, Representative of Chamber of Agriculture Darius Remeika and Acting Director of the SFVS Deividas Kliučinskas. The conference presentations were made by the Head of Bilateral International Relations Unit at the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission Dr. Koen Van Dyck, Team Leader in the Biological Hazards and Contaminants Unit at the European Food Safety Authority Dr. Ernesto Liebana Criado, President of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe Dr. Rafael Laguens, Director of the Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS Prof. dr. Saulius Čaplinskas, Chancellor of the Veterinary Academy under the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Prof. dr. Mindaugas Malakauskas and others. The experience and practical skills how to reduce the use of antimicrobials in the cultivation of farm animals (cattle, pigs, poultry) were presented by the representatives of associations and companies, private veterinarians.

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2017 m. January 09 d.

The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) informs that the situation in relation to avian influenza remains tense both in Europe and Asia. New outbreaks of this disease in poultry keeping places and in wild birds are further recorded.

2017 m. January 04 d.

Last week, the State Food and Veterinary Service in the process of its co-operation with the competent authority of Serbia agreed the veterinary requirements, which have to be met by Lithuanian poultry meat and meat products manufactured from different kinds of meat. This means that Lithuanian poultry establishments may offer their production to Serbian customers as well.

2016 m. November 09 d.

Since mid-October of this year, the USA experts in Lithuania have carried out an audit of state control on egg products, which lasted two weeks. This audit is an important step towards the coordination of permits for the egg producing companies of our country to export their products to the USA.

2016 m. November 09 d.

A meeting of Ministers for Agriculture and Heads of Veterinary Authorities of the Baltic Countries, Poland and neighbouring third countries on issues of African swine fever (ASF) took place in Poland. The European Commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis also participated at the meeting.

2016 m. November 07 d.

The ways how to address this issue were discussed by scientists, human doctors, veterinary doctors and pharmaceutical professionals, representatives of sectoral livestock associations on 27 October 2016 at the international conference "Challenges in Addressing the Issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)".