Specialists from Moldova gather experience from the State Food and Veterinary Service

This week, a delegation of five experts from the Food Safety Agency of Moldova (ANSA) headed by Dr. Gheorghe Gaberi, Director of the National Food Safety Agency of Moldova, is visiting the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). These experts are visiting Lithuania under the EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“.

The visitors were introduced to the official animal health and welfare control carried out by the SFVS, the SFVS shared experience in the fields of collection, transportation, treatment, processing and storing of animal by-products (ABPs).

At the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, the Moldovan exerts have looked into the issues of collection and analysis of animal origin laboratory samples and disposal of samples of carcasses and discovered dead animals.

The programme of the visit involves a visit to the Alanta Technology and Business School (Molėtai district), waste rendering plants UAB “Horeca sprendimai“ (Vilnius) and UAB “Biodegra“ (Širvintos district), UAB “Rietavo veterinarinė sanitarija“ and the plant manufacturing preserved pet food – UAB “Mars Lietuva“ where they are going to get working knowledge of the animal by-product handling system implemented in Lithuania.

“We are related to our colleagues from Moldova by several years of close cooperation. The National Food Safety Agency of Moldova was established in 2013 based on the experience acquired from the SFVS. As regards co-operation, the twinning project implemented jointly with the United Kingdom in 2010–2013 on the issues of food safety standards and consumer protection as well as the development cooperation projects that have been under implementation in this country in the past time need to be mentioned“, – said SFVS Director Mr Darius Remeika.

The handling of animal by-products is an acute issue for many countries. Delegations of specialists from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Ukraine and other countries learned from experience available at the SFVS.