The European Commission has prepared a report on the EU Twinning Program for the year of 2017. The report mentions a successful implementation of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) project in Ukraine "Assistance with the implementation of SPS commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement".
According to information of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), Lithuanian producers are fairly successful in expanding the export of milk and meat and their products. In 2017, establishments exported more than 63 thousand tons of milk products and 12 thousand tons of meat and meat products. Compared to 2016, the export of milk products increased by 16 % whereas the export of meat increased by 17 %.
The European Commission (EC) took initiative to define priority problems in the field of animal welfare on the international level and to take coordinated actions to solve them. This week, a group of experts representing organisations of the public and private sectors have gathered at the kick-off meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare organised by the EC.
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.
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.
World Food Safety Day gives „consumers, producers and governments a chance to focus on an issue that is often taken for granted“ according to the United Nations. The Eurobarometer survey results suggest that almost 55% of the Europeans and about 52% of Lithuanians have a high level of awareness of food safety topics, and nearly two-thirds of consumers have changed their eating habits for at least some time because of food safety information.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) has received an official approval that it meets the requirements of International standard LST EN ISO / IEC 17020:2012 as a Type A inspection body, subjected to the highest standards of impartiality. SFVS has been accredited according to the requirements of the international quality management standard since 2006. The updated certificate has been issued by the National Accreditation Bureau for the new 5-year accreditation period.
On 14 March, a closing meeting of the EU Twinning Project “Support to the National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova“ took place in Chisinau (the Republic of Moldova). This 27-month project was run by the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania (SFVS) jointly with junior partners from Latvia and Sweden.