Lithuania considers tightening Polish pork imports amid disagreements


Source: Xinhua (China)



VILNIUS, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania considers tightening Polish pork imports in response to the neighboring country's recent ban on pork and pig imports from Lithuania, the country's Agriculture Minister Giedrius Surplys said on Friday.


Surplys discussed the possible measures on Friday with the country's Chief Veterinary Darius Remeika.


"Our Food and Veterinary Service could also inspect Polish pork imports very thoroughly, very seriously," Surplys told BNS news agency on Friday.


"Especially, taking into account that our pork exports to Poland are ten times lower as compared to their pork exports to Lithuania," added Surplys.


Lithuania's comments followed the decision by Poland's Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski to stop issuing permits for importing pigs and pork from areas covered by African Swine Flu (ASF) red zones.


"It is not acceptable that the pigs that are bred by Polish farmers are overfed, and pigs from the red zone, from our neighbor, are imported to Poland," Ardanowski motivated the decision.


In recent years, Lithuania has been hard hit by ASF, affecting small as well as large local pig farms. ASF red zone covers North Eastern, Central and Southern territories in Lithuania.


According to data from the Lithuanian Food and Veterinary Service, ASF outbreaks show...