Vytenis Andriukaitis

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Vytenis Andriukaitis is European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety for the 2014-2019 term. He is a Lithuanian and earned his medical doctor's degree in 1975 from Kaunas Institute of Medicine. He also holds a master's degree in history from Vilnius University. Before becoming health and food safety commissioner he was vice-president of the World Health Assembly in 2014. He served as Minister for Health 2012-14 and was a member of the Lithuanian Parliament from 1992-2004 and 2008-2014. Active in Lithuanian leadership earlier in his career, he was Deputy Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament from 2001-04. Andriukaitis was a signatory of the act of independence of Lithuania and co-author of the country's constitution.



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Editor’s note: These are the prepared remarks delivered by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 2014-2019, this past week. Many of the challenges and actions he describes mirror situations in the U.S. with the Food Safety Modernization Act and other initiatives regarding food additives and labeling. Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure for me to participate here today in this STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) workshop. I want to use…