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2019 m. September 20 d.
On 18 September 2019, a cooperation agreement on oral vaccination of wild animals in the territory of Belarus was signed between the State Food and Veterinary Services of Lithuania and Latvia and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus. The cooperation agreement was signed by Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service of Lithuania Vidmantas Paulauskas, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service of Latvia Maris Balodis and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus, Director of the Veterinary and Food Supervision Department Ivan Smilhin. This agreement will serve as a basis for allocating EU financial resources for the eradication of rabies in wild animals in border areas of Belarus, Latvia and Lithuania. Baits with vaccine will be distributed in Belarus at a distance of 50 km from the state borders of Lithuania and Latvia. The plan is that the vaccine will be distributed in the area of 33,000 km2. Under the cooperation agreement, the State Food and Veterinary Service of Lithuania undertook to extend non-refundable financial support granted by the EU to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus for carrying out the Programme for the Eradication of Rabies in Wild Animals for 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus undertook to execute the rabies eradication programme. The financial support will be extended to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus for the acquisition of baits with vaccine against rabies and their distribution (by planes), carrying out laboratory analyses to make assessment of the effectiveness of the vaccine. In Lithuania, the rabies eradication programme has been carried out since 2006. In the past time, cases of rabies have been normally recorded in areas bordering Belarus. The carrying out of the programme for the eradication of rabies in the neighbouring country is a substantial factor seeking the eradication of rabies in Lithuania. The European Union has been granting non-refundable financial support for carrying out the programme for the eradication of rabies in wild animals in the territory of Belarus for several years.    
2019 m. September 04 d.
In order to evaluate the functioning of the state control system in our country, regarding the microbiological safety of primary foodstuffs of non-animal origin, on 3 September 2019 an expert audit of the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety began at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). During the introductory meeting, SFVS specialists presented to the auditors the principles, responsibilities of the state control and reviewed the legal regulation issues. The auditors also were introduced to the principles of risk categorization of controlled entities, statistical control data, procedures for sampling, testing and reporting. Within 10 audit days the experts are expected to assess both the official activities of the authorities and the implementation of the legislation in primary production establishments. The European Commission auditors will visit SFVS territorial units, the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, the companies and farms specialising in the growing of fruit and vegetables, their processing and production. The audit delegation will seek to gather as much information as possible on the best practices applied independently by the Member States in their microbiological contamination programs, with a particular focus on assuring the microbiological safety of ready-to-use primary products, such as seed sprouts. “In recent years, the European Commission has been paying particular attention to the primary production and food safety issues. Microbiological safety audits are intended to evaluate the implementation of the legislation and to ensure that only safe primary products, such as sprouted seeds, salads, herbs, vegetables, berries or fruit, are accessible to consumers. Lithuania is already the fourth EU country where the audit is performed on this topic. A total of 4 European Commission expert audits are scheduled for this year in our country, two of which have already taken place. In addition to the recent audit, we are expecting an evaluation of the state control on feed additives this autumn”, – commented Darius Remeika, the Director of the SFVS.
2019 m. August 19 d.
Today, a Japanese delegation from the Gifu prefecture is visiting the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). The objective of the visit of the experts and scientists headed by Prof. Tetsu Asai, Dean of the Applied Veterinary Science Department of Gifu University, United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences is to get better understanding of the situation of classical swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF) in Lithuania, examination, control and prevention methods applied for those diseases. Director Darius Remeika, who has welcomed the visitors, expressed his satisfaction about the close cooperation between Japan and Lithuania, he thanked for the successful opening of the export market in Japan. He also presented the food safety and veterinary control system in Lithuania whereas Dr. Alvydas Malakauskas, Head of the ASF Competence Centre presented the Centre headed by him. Dr. Vidmantas Paulauskas, Deputy Director of the SFVS and Martins Serzants, Senior Expert of the Animal Infectious Disease Supervision Unit of the Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Latvia were the main speakers at the meeting who presented the topic of interest for the visitors from Japan – the CSF situation in Lithuania and Latvia. However, no CSF outbreaks have been recorded in our country in the past years, therefore, the speakers focussed on ASF problems, which are currently of the utmost relevance. Specialists of the SFVS talked about the care for domestic pigs, ASF prevention and control measures, they provided practical examples about the course of eradication of an ASF outbreak, compensation measures for farmers, which suffered loss from ASF, etc. for each animal species and commodity for each animal species and commodity The visitors have also visited the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute where they were introduced to the diagnostic equipment, diagnostic laboratory methods, which are used for the detection of CSF and ASF, risk assessment for the spread of the disease. “The ASF situation in Asia is very tense, new outbreaks of the disease are recorded closer and closer to Japan, therefore, the delegation of scientists and experts has come to get working knowledge of the expertise available in Lithuania, measures of surveillance, prevention and tackling ASF. It is not by chance that our country was chosen. Already since 2013, strengthened ASF surveillance has been carried out in the wild boar and domestic pig populations in Lithuania. The expertise and knowledge of our specialists are widely appreciated both in Europe and countries of Asia. We have been cooperating with colleagues from Japan for several years. The experts from Japan seek acquiring more practical knowledge of CSF and ASF. We hope that they will find our experience useful. Maybe our joint efforts will help us find the best solution and protection measures against this disease“, – said Director of the SFVS D. Remeika after the meeting.
2019 m. July 16 d.
The State Food and Veterinary Service points out that in order to prevent contagious animal diseases, especially African swine fever, people coming from outside the European Union are prohibited from carrying meat, milk and milk products in their personal luggage. IT IS PROHIBITED TO CARRY: - meat and meat products (lard, fresh or processed meat, including poultry, fats, sausages, canned meat, pasta stuffed with meat, sauces or soups with meat, etc.); - milk and milk products (milk, condensed milk, milk powder, sour cream, curd, kefir, cheese, butter, yoghurt, milk ice cream, etc.); - pet food, containing meat and / or dairy products (dog and cat food, canned food, snacks for dogs, etc.).  
2019 m. July 11 d.
Every year, the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) receives the notifications from the competent authorities of other European Union (EU) countries about pet animals that are not properly transported for trade purposes.   In order to sell animal pets to the residents of other EU countries, they must be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies (according to the age), in addition, each animal must have a passport, and the carrier must have a certificate of internal trade, issued by the specialists of territorial SFVSs.  “Please note that entrusting the animal pets to be transported by other people for commercial purposes can only be done after a careful assessment of whether they have the necessary qualifications and permits. When pets are transported by the unqualified people, i.e. these animals are transported in crammed, tight transport cages, where there is not enough space to move freely, animals are left in cages for more than 24 hours, inadequately fed and watered. Animal transporters must hold permits for animal transportation and vehicle certificates issued by the SFVS or other EU authorities”, - emphasises Gintarė Juozėnienė, Senior Veterinarian of the Animal Health and Welfare Department (SFVS).   According to the specialist, if the animal was transported without a health assessment prior to the trip and there is no documentary evidence for that, border service officials of the countries to which the animal is being transported may consider such circumstances as a potential risk for the appearance of agents for contagious animal diseases. Therefore, pets can even be confiscated and for the breeders and transporters, who are breaking the laws, administrative sanctions applied. “Animal owners must plan their trips responsibly. If they do not have the opportunity to accompany the animals themselves, they should choose reliable carriers and make sure that pets travel safely and comfortably. In case of any uncertainties or questions, the specialists of the territorial units of our service can always give some advice or provide additional information”, - says G. Juozėnienė.  

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2019 m. September 20 d.

On 18 September 2019, a cooperation agreement on oral vaccination of wild animals in the territory of Belarus was signed between the State Food and Veterinary Services of Lithuania and Latvia and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus.

2019 m. September 04 d.

In order to evaluate the functioning of the state control system in our country, regarding the microbiological safety of primary foodstuffs of non-animal origin, on 3 September 2019 an expert audit of the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety began at the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS).

2019 m. August 19 d.

Today, a Japanese delegation from the Gifu prefecture is visiting the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). The objective of the visit of the experts and scientists headed by Prof. Tetsu Asai, Dean of the Applied Veterinary Science Department of Gifu University, United Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences is to get better understanding of the situation of classical swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF) in Lithuania, examination, control and prevention methods applied for those diseases.

2019 m. July 16 d.

The State Food and Veterinary Service points out that in order to prevent contagious animal diseases, especially African swine fever, people coming from outside the European Union are prohibited from carrying meat, milk and milk products in their personal luggage.

 

2019 m. July 11 d.

Every year, the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) receives the notifications from the competent authorities of other European Union (EU) countries about pet animals that are not properly transported for trade purposes.