External audit gives a positive assessment to the activities of the SFVS

The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety F of the European Commission (DG SANTE F) will continue the audit of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) delegated to it in the coming year, the findings of which have been assessed as good and very good for a decade. In Lithuania, the following 2 areas of the SFVS supervision will be audited in 2022: the control of imports of animals and animal products and the residues of veterinary medicines in animals and food products.

In addition, there are planned 2 documentary checks: a documentary check of national antimicrobial resistance action plans and an analysis of specific procedures in contingency plans for the cases of contagious animal diseases.

 "One of the priority areas of our activities is the development of export markets and export promotion. It is essential that the activities of the SFVS supervision are properly evaluated. Positive and publicly available audit findings are a certain kind of recognition that the control system implemented in Lithuania is effective, we also properly implement the requirements of the European Union legislation and this ensures the production and export of safe and high-quality food products. I would like to point out that since 2011, the Directorate of the European Commission has audited the SFVS even for 34 times and our supervision has been assessed as good or very good”, – commented Mantas Staškevičius, the Director of the SFVS. The European Commission, in its role as a guardian of the Treaties of the European Union, ensures that European Union legislation is properly implemented and enforced during the audits.

The task of the Directorate is to check the compliance with the requirements of food safety and quality, animal health and welfare, and plant health legislation in the countries of the European Union. The inspections cover not only the European Union countries but also third countries that export to the European Union. The findings of the inspections performed are presented in the audit reports, which are published on the European Commission's website.

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