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Singapore to begin importing chicken eggs from Brunei

Singapore to begin importing chicken eggs from Brunei

SINGAPORE: Singapore will start importing hen eggs from Brunei, the Singapore Meals Company (SFA) stated on Tuesday (Dec 13).

This follows Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu’s go to to an egg farm in Brunei, the place she introduced that SFA has accredited the nation as a brand new supply of egg exports.

This brings the variety of countries and areas accredited to export “hen shell eggs” to Singapore to 17, up from 12 in 2019, stated the company.

“The accreditation of Brunei as a brand new nation source for eggs is one other step in the direction of augmenting meals cooperation between each international locations, as Brunei seems to provide eggs for export whereas Singapore diversifies its egg import sources additional,” stated SFA.

Ms Fu visited Golden Chick Livestock Farm in Brunei on Tuesday, at the beginning of her three-day official go to to the nation. It’s the first Bruneian farm to export eggs to Singapore.

She can be in Brunei to debate and strengthen agri-food, environmental, water useful resource administration and local weather change cooperation between the 2 international locations.

“We hope that this accreditation will see new markets for the agri-tech business in Brunei,” stated Ms Fu, noting the elevated enterprise for the nation’s farms.

70% OF SINGAPORE’S EGGS IMPORTED
At present, imports account for about 70 per cent of Singapore’s egg supply.

Native egg manufacturing at the moment contributes to about 30 per cent of Singapore’s whole egg consumption and enhances efforts on import supply diversification, stated SFA.

“Efforts to diversify the nation’s egg provide over the previous three years have helped us to face up to provide disruptions arising from sudden occasions as a consequence of illness points and geopolitical tensions and ensured a steady provide of eggs in Singapore.”

The company added that the upcoming improvement of Singapore’s fourth egg farm will additional strengthen the resilience of the nation’s native egg provide. When it’s totally operational, Singapore’s native egg farms will meet about 50 per cent of the nation’s egg demand.

It’s going to additionally contribute in the direction of Singapore’s 30-by-30 aim to construct the agri-food business’s functionality and capability to sustainably produce 30 per cent of Singapore’s dietary wants by 2030.

Accreditation course of
Eggs imported into Singapore should come from accredited sources that meet SFA’s strict meals security and animal well being requirements. This includes two most important levels:

Accreditation of the nation of export

The company assesses the exporting nation’s illness freedom standing, veterinary providers, laws, animal illness standing and management measures. It additionally seems at nationwide residue and microbiological monitoring programmes, in addition to the regulatory system for the manufacturing of the export merchandise to Singapore.
For instance, eggs and poultry can solely be imported from Avian Influenza (bird-flu) free areas. This evaluation is completed in collaboration with the Animal & Veterinary Service, a cluster of the Nationwide Parks Board.
Accreditation of the export farm or institution

Farms and meals institutions are additionally assessed by SFA to make sure that they meet meals security requirements and animal well being necessities.
Farms and meals institutions are required to submit data on how they be sure that merchandise exported to Singapore meet SFA’s necessities and requirements. These embrace data reminiscent of their animal well being and meals security administration programmes, biosecurity/hygiene and sanitation procedures, and their traceability methods.
SFA additionally takes under consideration good agriculture practices and good manufacturing practices when approving sources. An inspection journey could also be performed to validate the nation’s system and requirements of the person export farms and institutions.
Upon approval, imported meals from the accredited sources shall be subjected to SFA’s inspection on the level of import and testing. Egg and egg merchandise that don’t meet SFA’s meals security requirements is not going to be allowed to enter the market.