Singapore may ease import rules on cooked meat such as HK’s roast goose

05-Dec-2018 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:10 AM Print This Post

Singapore is considering easing import rules on cooked meat products, meaning that residents may be able to buy products from more countries and territories such as Hong Kong, which is famous for its roast goose.

Senior minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said in a Facebook post on Monday (3 December) that these rules are currently being reviewed by Singapore’s Pro-Enterprise Panel (PEP) and its Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

Chee is in Hong Kong on a work trip to meet government and business leaders, and he said in his Facebook post, “Singapore and Hong Kong also share a close bond through something that is close to everyone’s heart food! We each have our own respective delicacies and Singaporeans would be very familiar with those from Hong Kong. One example is their roasted meat products, including the famous ‘flying roast goose’.

“I am happy to share that the PEP and our Mission in Hong Kong are working with AVA to review the current import restriction of cooked meat products and we hope that Singaporeans will soon be able to bring some of these products back home to enjoy with their friends and family.”

14 countries allowed to import poultry to S’pore

On the import of poultry, including cooked or processed food containing poultry, AVA rules allow it only from 14 certified bird-flu-free territories. According to the AVA, they include Argentina, Canada and New Zealand, but Hong Kong is currently not among them.

A traveller can bring into Singapore only up to 5kg of meat products from the approved sources. Those who flout the rules may get a warning, a composition fine or be prosecuted in very extreme cases, which are usually criminal in nature.

The reason that only those territories, establishments and farms accredited by AVA can export meat and meat products to Singapore is that such products may carry animal and food-borne diseases. Imported food from accredited sources are subject to specified requirements and routine surveillance, inspection and sampling programme.

Ensuring food safety first

Chee told the media that the authorities need time to ensure food safety and other health considerations are taken care of. He added, “We work closely with our businesses and our stakeholders to get feedback. After getting the feedback, we review our rules, starting from first principles, looking at a more risk-based approach and see what we can do to support innovation and trying out new ideas.”

The review is part of broader efforts by the PEP and regulatory agencies to ensure that rules and regulations are agile and pro-business. It includes getting feedback from stakeholders on how Singapore’s regulatory framework can be improved and kept relevant.


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