Egypt has confirmed to the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service that Lithuanian beef meets the requirements and therefore may be exported to Egypt.
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Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitienė said that livestock farming is one of priorities of the agricultural sector. The minister added that Lithuanian products have always been highly recognised in international markets, while Egypt's decision over beef is a great example that Lithuania can enter the so far little-known markets.

The State Food and Veterinary Service intends to invite Egyptian officials in the nearest future to discuss all the necessary procedures. According to specialists, Lithuanian slaughterhouses must obtain certificates confirming conformity to Halal standards. Lithuanian Muftiate, Spiritual Centre of the Lithuanian Sunni Muslims, also has to issue Halal certificates for Lithuanian produce.

Egypt is Lithuania's constant trade partner in agricultural and food products. In the first half of 2014, compared with the first half of 2013, agricultural export to Egypt increased by 2.4 times. Lithuania mainly exports wheat (64 percent of export to Egypt), manufactured tobacco, skimmed milk powder, crab sticks, whey powder and fodder plants.

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