Following the announcement of the national quarantine by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in relation to the threat of spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) presents its recommendations for food handling and feed establishments, providers of veterinary services and the population regarding the situation caused by COVID-19. According to information of the World Health Organisation and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), there is no scientific evidence that COVID-19 could spread or be transmitted via food!
According to information of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organisation, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), the USA Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by pets or domestic animals!
Commission Regulation (EC) No 206/2009 of 5 March 2009 on the introduction into the Community of personal consignments of products of animal origin and amending Regulation (EC) No 136/2004.
Travelling from the EU Member States to Lithuania
In order to come to Lithuania with a pet animal (dog, cat or ferret) from any of the EU Member States the obligatory requirements are:
The specialists from the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute (NFVRAI) are ready to assist the laboratories of medical institutions as the need for testing COVID-19 in the country continues to grow. Although the COVID-19 testing method is currently not accredited by the NFVRAI laboratory, there are thousands of other diagnostic tests for viruses being performed every year that are similar to COVID-19 detection. Therefore, the laboratory is now in the final stages of preparing for carrying out such tests.
The Government annually allocates more that 3 million Euros for the development of the national animal breeding system. The following activities are supported: recording purebred animals into breeding books, animal genetic quality analyses, production recording (e. g., assessment of animal conformation, weighing animals, etc.), participation in contests or other events aimed at promotion of farm animal breeding. Although this kind of support has been provided for a few years, there are still questions coming up to those who wish to apply for this kind of support. Breeding specialists of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) give answers to those questions.
By order of Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), all poultry keepers are instructed that, as from tomorrow, 4 February, poultry have to be kept in fenced backyards, pens or in closed premises to protect them against potential contacts with wild birds. This requirement applies both to poultry kept for own purposes and commercial poultry farms to protect them against the virus of avian flu, which is currently spreading in Europe.
As from 31 January, the date of exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the Withdrawal Agreement will come into force – till the end of 2020, the United Kingdom will be treated as an EU Member State, excluding that it will not be represented in the EU institutions and it will not be able to take part in decision-making.
From 19 December, new hygiene requirements for small producers of plant origin foodstuffs came into force. One of the key ideas is that local producers of pickled, salted vegetables or mushrooms, juice, oil, makers, coffee, tea, spice producers will need substantially less investments for the installation of premises for production.