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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.
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.

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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.

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.