The State Food and Veterinary Service provides bellow recommendations to food business operators, feed establishments, providers of veterinary services and the population concerning 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:
From the beginning of September, the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) together with its partners have started implementing a new Twinning project in the Balkan region – Bosnia and Herzegovina. This project aims to share the practical experience gained by the professionals, ensuring the highest standards of food safety and quality control.
African swine fever (ASF) has been already circulating in Lithuania for seven years and continues to cause significant losses and concern to pig keepers, hunters as well as state control authorities. Thus, in addressing the challenges of ASF and carrying out the effective disease surveillance and control, it is essential to exchange experiences - researchers need the support of hunters, which is important in finding the best scientific and practical ways to stop the spread of ASF and combat the disease.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) informs that, in the situation when new cases of African swine fever (ASF) in the wildlife are still recorded from time to time, Telšiai country faces the highest probability for the introduction of this virus into farm holdings this year, and residents of Plungė district who are rearing pigs have to be particularly alert. The second ASF outbreak this year has been recorded in Plungė district, in a small farm where 5 pigs were fattened for own purposes.
According to the data of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, Lithuanian producers exported 14% more of animal-origin production during the four months of this year than in the same period in 2019. This year, Lithuania has already exported more than 76 thousand tonnes of meat, milk, fish, eggs and their products.
Under the ongoing quarantine conditions, violations of advertising food supplements online have been recorded by the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS). In the past time, advertising of food supplements, different herbal teas or other products with the declaration of an impact of their ingredients on the human immune system, ability to cure infections caused by COVID-19 or its prevention has been observed.