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HKScan was praised by prosecutors for cooperating with Estonian police during the investigation

‘Money laundering’ claim hits HKScan

By Oscar Rousseau

Axed HKScan Baltic bosses Teet Soorm and Mati Tuvi have been detained by Estonian prosecutors, accused of “money laundering” and “harmful transactions”.

The Latvian meat producer wants to increase poultry production

Latvian meat business to invest up to €7m next year

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

To expand and modernise its facilities, Latvian meat producer Putnu Fabrika Ķekava (PF Ķekava) plans to invest between €6 million and €7m in its next fiscal year, according to senior company representatives.

EU agricultural commissioner Phil Hogan publically criticised Russia's pork ban

EU and Russia still at loggerheads over ASF

By Keith Nuthall

African Swine Fever (ASF) cases continue to be reported in eastern Europe, making it tough for an agreement to be reached between Moscow and Brussels on lifting trade controls.

Wild boars with immunity to ASF have increased hopes for a vaccine

Boars immune to ASF discovered in Latvia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Wild boars in Latvia that have managed to survive the African swine fever (ASF) and develop antibodies against it have been found in Latvia, raising hopes for the development of a vaccine against the disease. 

Estonia has forecast that it will spend €12.7m this year alone fighting African swine fever

Poland, Baltics seek more cash for swine fever battle

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Baltic States and Poland are seeking more cash from the European Commission (EC) to help fight African swine fever (ASF), according to Kaspars Funts, a representative of Latvia’s Ministry of Agriculture.

There are concerns over the spread of African Swine Fever

OIE fears African Swine Fever will spread to Europe

By Chloe Ryan

The director general of the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) is “not confident” African Swine Fever (ASF) is being effectively controlled around the world, and has expressed concerns that with no treatment and no vaccine, there is a “very important...

Experts question whether the move is wise

Lithuania to resume pork exports to Ukraine

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Lithuania plans to resume supplies of pork to Ukraine in the months ahead, according to a statement from the country’s officials. Supplies have been banned since last year, following a series of outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in the Baltic States.

African swine fever outbreaks have put a stop to supplies to Russia

Pork import ban to remain for Baltic States and Poland

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will not be able to resume supplies of pork to the Russian market for at least three years, according to Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor.

EU requirements on smoked meat threatens Latvian processors

Latvia to lose smoked meat processing capacity

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A number of Latvian meat processors may close their businesses this year, due to the fact they will not be able to meet the EU’s new requirements on the quality of smoked meat products, according to reports from several meat companies.

Russia has lifted ban on breeding pigs from Lithuania

Russia lifts ban on breeding pigs from Lithuania

By Vladislav Vorotnikov, in Moscow

After a two-year ban, Lithuania has finally been allowed to resume export of breeding pigs to Russia, reported the Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture.

ASF could spread to the EU, officials have claimed

ASF threatens EU pig industry

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

African swine fever (ASF), which is continuing to spread across the territory of Russia and Belarus, may soon appear in the Baltic States, local veterinary services have predicted.

Horsemeat scandal continues in Baltic countries

Horsemeat scandal continues in Baltic countries

By Vladislav Vorotnikov and Carina Perkins

Horsemeat has again been discovered in beef by-products produced in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with as much as 15% horsemeat found in some products. Previously, only traces of horse DNA had been detected in the region.

Horsemeat scandal extends across Baltics

Horsemeat scandal extends across Baltics

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The horsemeat scandal has continued to gain momentum across the Baltics, with Russia, Latvia and Lithuania discovering contaminated meat products.

Baltic bakeries take off

Baltic bakeries take off

A number of the leading players from the bakery sectors in the
Baltic States have announced strong first half results in the past
week. The results for Latvia's Hanzas Maisnica, together with
Lithuanian players Vilniaus Duona...

Laima turns to Uzbekistan

Laima turns to Uzbekistan

Icelandic-Lativian confectionery producer Laima has confirmed that
it is about to start caramel production in Uzbekistan in an attempt
to fend off increased competition once enlargement has taken place.

Baltic meat struggles

Baltic meat struggles

Difficulties in the meat export market and cheap imports have been
troubling Baltic meat processors, with Estonia's largest processor,
Rakvere Lihakombinaat, reporting that its profits have been halved
in the space of a year...

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