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2018 m. April 27 d.
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). Active discussions were held at the conference on the issues of improvement of animal welfare during long-distance transport and ensuring animal protection when they are transported to countries other than the EU Member States. A decision was taken that competent authorities have to get more actively involved in providing advice to companies engaged in animal transportation services, in developing the competence of responsible employees of those companies and raising the awareness of the public. “There is often a lack of understanding why that much attention has to be given to the issues of welfare and protection of farm animals. After all, the final result, i. e. the quality of food we consume, depends on the quality of transportation and welfare of farm animals in general. Therefore, the education of employees working at companies, which provide animal transportation services, and the development of their responsibility are issues of particular importance. This conclusion served as a basis for the key resolution of the conference, which was supported by all the participating countries.” – said Director of the SFVS Darius Remeika. The situation of the African swine fever (ASF) in Europe has been analysed at the meeting of the Working Party of Chief Veterinary Officers of the Council of the European Union, the latest information has been presented on the ASF case in Hungary, where the first carcass of a wild boar, which died from this disease, had been recently found. The necessity to amend the EU legal framework in relation to ASF control requirements has been discussed, in particular with consideration of the ongoing occurrence of new outbreaks in populations of wild animals. “Extremely strict EU rules are applied in Lithuania just like in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czechia, and Hungary. At the today’s meeting, the most effective ways to contain this disease at the same time allowing farms, which observe the biosafety requirements, to retain the possibility to develop their business and rear pigs were searched. At the meeting, I presented the position of Lithuania to representatives of the European Commission that the ASF measures have to be simplified and more flexible focussing on preventive measures and biosafety requirements at farm animal keeping places”, – underlined head of the SFVS.
2018 m. April 27 d.
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. A delegation of responsible specialists from Morocco visited Lithuania in 2015 and made assessment of the official food and veterinary control carried out at the SFVS and at different establishments within the food chain in Lithuania. The specialists from Morocco were introduced to the official control system as well as to the laboratory analysis carried out at the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute. The visitors from Morocco visited a cattle assembly centre, a slaughterhouse, a meat processing establishment and the Medininkai border inspection post. “Although preliminary import permission was received after the visit of experts from Morocco and the submission of positive assessment, only now the agreement of the veterinary certificate has been achieved. According to out knowledge, more than 400 tons of milk and about 16 tons of fishery products were exported from Lithuania to Morocco last year. We hope that Lithuanian foodstuffs will successfully get a foothold in the market of this African country”, – commented Director of the SFVS Mr Darius Remeika.
2018 m. April 25 d.
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. According to knowledge of the EC, in the past two years, in the process of implementation of the common policy and adopted measures, the EU managed to substantially (by more than 50 %) reduce the administration of antimicrobial agents for animal treatment. Data for the report were summarised by the EC Health and Food Safety Directorate General (DG SANTE) based on the questionnaires on the use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine submitted by all the EU Member States and on conclusions of audits conducted on this issue, which were provided by the DG SANTE Audits and Analysis Service. In 2017, EC auditors made an assessment of the effectiveness of the use of the guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine, which were adopted by the EC as long ago as in 2015. Examples of good practices in different countries, which can be useful for the development of new measures for fighting the antimicrobial resistance in veterinary medicine, were provided in the published report. Furthermore, problems, which are most frequently faced in the process of implementing a prudent policy for the use of antimicrobials, were described in the document. Visits of experts to make assessment of the implementation of the strategy of the prudent use of antimicrobials for animals are planned in 2018 as well. In Lithuania, audit was conducted by the DG SANTE Audits and Analysis Service in September last year. During the audit, it was concluded that the monitoring and control of the use of antimicrobials in our country was implemented appropriately. The State Food and Veterinary Service adopted an action plan for fighting the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. According to this plan, the veterinary control of the use of antibiotics will be strengthened, the proficiency of veterinarians will be continuously enhanced, antimicrobial resistance monitoring programmes will be implemented. Veterinarians are encouraged to improve their clinical practices and responsibility, inform farm animal keepers of the obligation to properly administer antibiotics.
2018 m. April 19 d.
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. Green tea is widely consumed for its purported health benefits, but there have also been reports in the EU and beyond of possible harmful effects. EFSA’s assessment of green tea catechins was triggered by concerns from Nordic countries following reported cases of liver damage possibly associated with the use of green tea products. Catechins are substances naturally present in green tea, the most abundant of which is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). In its safety assessment, EFSA looked at possible links between the consumption of EGCG in green tea infusions and food supplements and liver damage. More information: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180418  
2018 m. March 13 d.
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. The event was opened and the opening speech was made by the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis. In his speech, he made an overview of the health situation in the wildlife in Europe and expressed his concerns about the spread and control of animal contagious diseases in the wildlife. Participants of the meeting emphasised the strengthening of the cooperation between competent authorities in the EU and third countries. During the workshop, major focus was placed on the monitoring of diseases of wild animals and application of preventive measures as well as on problems of coordinating these measures between individual countries. An overview of situations in relation to contagious diseases of wild and domestic animals (classical and African swine fever, avian flu, rabies, foot-and-mouth disease, etc.) as well as future prospects, methods of fighting against them and latest developments in their treatment were discussed. At the workshop, information on the spread of contagious diseases of wild animals between different countries was presented by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). A representative from Spain presented a new approach towards the fight against tuberculosis of wild and domestic animals. A specialist from the Netherlands shared his experience in fighting the avian flu. Representatives of certain countries (Ukraine, Czech, Lithuania) presented measures aimed at fighting the African swine fever, which are under implementation. The role of hunters in protecting the wildlife and its biodiversity and their contribution to combating contagious diseases of wild animals was discussed. “At this workshop, the role of hunters in fighting diseases in the wildlife was highlighted as an issue of particular importance. Close cooperation between hunter clubs and veterinary services was underlined particularly. The respect for biosafety measures at the time of hunting and dressing animals is requisite in order to stop the spread of the African swine fever between wild boar populations. All participants of the workshop agreed to the recommendation for specialists to continuously exchange information on strategies for the management of animal diseases, prevention and protection measures applied”, – commented Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service Mr Darius Remeika.

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2018 m. April 27 d.

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).

2018 m. April 27 d.

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.

2018 m. April 25 d.

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.

2018 m. April 19 d.

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.

2018 m. March 13 d.

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.