Viewing cable 07VILNIUS853
Title: LITHUANIA UNLIKELY TO SUPPORT ANY UNAPPROVED

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07VILNIUS8532007-11-27 15:17:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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STATE PASS TO USDA FAS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/27/2017 
TAGS: EAGR ETRD TBIO LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA UNLIKELY TO SUPPORT ANY UNAPPROVED 
BIOTECH PRODUCTS IN IMPORTS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 158225 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
(C) On November 20, we discussed reftel with the Ministry of 
Agriculture's Dr. Julija Margelyte (Food Safety and Quality 
Division) and Zigmas Medingis (EU Affairs and International 
Relations Department).  They said that senior Ministry 
officials would decide the GOL position regarding low level 
presence (LLP) in imports of animal feed on November 21st, 
but explained that the GOL's current position is against the 
presence of biotech in animal feed.  Margelyte noted that 
additives like antibiotics are passed from animal feed into 
humans when meat products are consumed.  Thus, biotech 
products would likely have the same effect.  In a follow up 
telecon on November 26, Virginija Vingriene, one of the Chief 
Specialists of the Food Safety and Quality Division, who 
attended the November 21st meeting, said that the Ministry 
had not reached a decision on a specific level, but that the 
Minister would be guided by the precautionary principle.  We 
interpret this to mean that Lithuania, remaining wary of 
biotech, will likely not tolerate any level of unapproved 
biotech products in imports. 
CLOUD