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!
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:
On 31 December 2020, the withdrawal agreement officially terminated, i. e the United Kingdom (UK) withdrew from the single market of the European Union (EU) and from the Customs Union. The free movement of goods and services between the countries has stopped automatically, therefore, knowledge of the major changes related to export of food and veterinary medicinal products, transportation of animals and rules for travelling with pets is very important.
The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) receives a number of inquiries about the growing activities of insects intended for human consumption. In America and Asian countries, the insects are used for food quite widely, while in the European Union (EU) they are regulated as novel food, and this new niche is gradually gaining ground in Lithuania as well. Currently, 10 growers of insects for food have already been approved in Lithuania, all of them are engaged in the growing and processing of house crickets. The most popular products offered in the market of our country are dried crickets with various spices and dried cricket flour, with the help of which the food products are enriched with proteins and fiber: oat bars, dried sausages, chocolate and others.
After the amendments to the Law on Welfare and Protection of Animals (hereinafter – Law) being adopted by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, from 1 May 2021, a mandatory microchipping of pet animals (dogs, cats and ferrets) and their registration in the Register of Pet Animals enters into force.
The amendments to the Retail Trade Regulations adopted by the Government will enter into force on Saturday, from 1 May. The new amendments stipulate that the advertisements for the sale of animals are only permitted if they provide the data enabling the identification of breeders, traders or carers and showing the details of the animal offered for sale. The future innovations were discussed today by the Heads of the State Food and Veterinary Service (hereinafter – SFVS) in a remote meeting with the representatives of online advertisement portals.
From 1 May 2021, in Lithuanian, a mandatory marking (cats, dogs and ferrets) of pet animals with subcutaneous microchips and their registration in the Register of Pet Animals will be legalised by the Seimas decision as well as agreed upon the ban on the sale of pet animals under the outdoor conditions and in the marketplaces. For the prevention of infectious diseases, the animal marking and its registration is one of the essential steps that must be taken once in a lifetime.
The progress of the European Union (EU) funded twinning project "EU support to capacity building and gradual Union acquis alignment in the food safety sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was discussed at the 2nd meeting of the Steering Committee on 16th of March 2021.