Lithuania’s embattled food safety chief insists on staying on

Jonas Milius
DELFI

He stated he would not step down amid the suspicions of abuse of office, noting that such a step would mean admission of guilt on his part.

“If you find a better food and veterinary service in the European Union that would work the way we do, I would be very happy. Is there another food and veterinary service in the European Union that wins all tenders, enjoys international recognition, is ahead of Italy, Germany, France, if you can give me an example, I will be very happy,” Milius told journalists on Monday.

“When you tell me what I should resign for (…), I will, if the accusations are grounded,” said the director of the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service.

For the last month, Milius has been under pressure from the prime minister and the president to resign after suspicions emerged that the State Food and Veterinary Service may have given preferential treatment to a food company, linked to the family of one member of parliament, and ignored reports of bacteria allegedly discovered in its products.

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