During a meeting between a delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kęstutis Navickas, and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the certificates to export 4 additional categories of Lithuanian meat products to USA.
According to Mantas Staškevičius, Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) visiting the U.S., Lithuania has been exporting Lithuanian beef and pork products, such as various types of cooked sausages and canned meat, to the U.S. since 2016. Two years ago, the SFVS requested an extension of the list of meat products. Following a decision of the competent authority, Lithuanian meat companies were granted the right to export cold-smoked pork and beef ham, various types of sausages, dried sausages and heat-treated pork dumplings.
‘The approval of the new meat product categories is good news for Lithuanian meat processing companies. Also, this is a significant recognition for the Service, as the extension of the list of new meat products shows that the competent authorities in the U.S. have a positive view and confidence in our veterinary control’, commented Mantas Staškevičius, Director of the SFVS.
Mantas Staškevičius also attended a meeting with Michelle Catlin, Head of the International Coordination Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The meeting focused on important technical details related to granting the export licence for additional categories of Lithuanian meat products to the U.S. The remaining procedures for obtaining export licence for Lithuanian egg products were also discussed with Ms Catlin.
In April this year, the U.S. FDA informed that the assessments for egg products have been completed and the remaining procedures are in progress until the decision is confirmed.
During the meeting, the USDA representative assured that every effort would be made to speed up the final steps in granting Lithuania export licence for egg products to the U.S.
According to the SFVS, almost 5,000 tonnes of dairy products, over 400 tonnes of fish products, 160 tonnes of meat preparations and canned products, and more than 50 tonnes of culinary products were exported to the US in the first nine months of this year.