RIGA - Latvian-made sweets sold at a Rimi Lietuva store in Vilnius have been found to contain worms, the State Food and Veterinary Service said on Jan. 10.
It ordered Rimi Lietuva to withdraw from sale an 80 kilogram batch of Serenada sweets produced by Latvia's Laima. Samples of the sweets which were sent for analysis following a complaint from a buyer were found to contain live worm larvae
This follows the announcement last week that pomelos, a citrus fruit, sold at a Rimi store in Vilnius were found to contain fruit-fly larvae.
Rimi Lietuva said on Jan. 10 that it had withdrawn 1,129 out of 1,562 kilograms of larvae-infested pomelos from sale which had been distributed in Lithuania.
At the end of 2006, a number of people were infected with Salmonella after eating food bought from a Rimi store in Vilnius.
Rimi Lietuva, which operates one of the largest grocery chains in Lithuania, posted sales of 171.1 million euros for the first 11 months of 2006, a rise of 43.4 percent on the previous year.
Rimi Baltic, a joint venture between Finland's Kesko and Sweden's ICA, reported a 20.2 percent growth in consolidated sales to 860.1 million euros for the 11-month period.