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Food Import & Export
Import & Transshipment Of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Import, Export & Transshipment Of Fish
Import, Export & Transshipment Of Irradiated Food
Import, Export & Transshipment Of Meat
Import, Export & Transshipment Of Processed Food:
Export Certification for Processed Food
Export Health Certification for Meat, Fish and Dairy Products (Intended for Human Consumption)
Registration to Import Processed Food Products and Food Appliances
Licensing of Food Processing Establishments
Food Additives and ingredients
Food Labelling & Advertisement
Containers for Food
Testing of Food and Food Products
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General query on food standards
Where can I get a copy of the Food Regulations?
You may download a copy of the Food Regulations from our website.
Incidental constituents in food
How does SFA regulate contaminants in food?
Incidental constituents or contaminants in food refer to undesirable substances unavoidably present in food due to factors such as production, manufacture, treatment, packaging, transport and environmental contamination. Maximum limits for contaminants in food are stipulated under the Food Regulations to protect human health.
What safety tests do I have to conduct before importing my food in Singapore?
do not stipulate test parameters for food.
Food traders have the responsibility to ensure that the food products they make available for sale in Singapore comply with the requirements under the Food Regulations.
What are the permitted pesticides residues and limits for food?
The maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides are stipulated under the Ninth Schedule of the
For pesticides which do not have MRLs stipulated under the Ninth Schedule of the Food Regulations, the MRLs adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission are used as the standards. The URL for the “Codex Pesticide Residues in Food and Feed” is :
Pesticides of which MRLs have not been established both
What is the procedure for registration of pesticides for food in Singapore?
Please refer to the
for guidelines to register agricultural pesticides used in the commercial cultivation of plants in Singapore.
Sample submission can be either analytical standard or formulated product or both. We will inform you whether a sample submission is required after the application and dossier have been forwarded to the committee for evaluation.
Is the arsenic limit under the Tenth Schedule of the Food Regulations referring to total arsenic or inorganic arsenic?
The maximum limit for arsenic as stipulated under the Tenth Schedule of the
refers to total arsenic, which includes both organic and inorganic arsenic.
Does the total count under Food Regulations apply to fermented products like yoghurt / cultured milk drink?
For fermented food products, the total plate count of 100 000 CFU/g at 37°C for 48 hours under the
would not apply, provided that the exceeding total count is contributed by the cultures allowed for addition to ferment the product.
What is the microbiological standards for food?
You may refer to regulation 35 and the Eleventh Schedule of the
for microbiological standards in food products.
Genetically modified food
How can consumers in Singapore be sure that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe and allowed for consumption?
Before a genetically modified (GM) food crop is allowed to be grown commercially for human consumption, the GM food crop has to undergo rigorous safety tests, carried out over many years. It will only be allowed to grow commercially when the safety tests show that the GM food crop is substantially equivalent to the conventional crop and is safe for human consumption. Food products made from such approved GM food crops are equally safe.
In Singapore, applications for the import or release of GM organisms (including GM food) are first evaluated by the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) in accordance with the GMACs Guidelines on the Release of Agriculture-related GM organisms. GMAC is a national committee established in 1999 with the objectives to oversee and advise on the research and development, production, use, handling and release of GMOs in Singapore. Upon completion of the safety evaluation, GMAC will make its recommendations to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), the national food safety authority. GMACs endorsement of the GMO will be one of the criteria that SFA takes into consideration when granting the final approval of the application.
Are there genetically modified (GM) foods sold in Singapore?
GM corn and soybean, which have been approved in many countries including the USA, Canada, Australia and member countries of the European Union, are very likely incorporated into various processed foods. Since we import food from these countries, it is possible that such foods are sold here in Singapore. However, these foods are safe for consumption because they are regulated like any other foods in meeting the same, if not more, rigorous safety standards.
Safety of Japanese Food Imports
Are food imports from Japan safe for consumption? What is the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) doing to ensure food imports from Japan are safe for consumption?
Food imported from Japan that is available in the market is safe for consumption.
Since 25 Mar 2011, all consignments of fruits and vegetables, seafood, meat, milk and milk products imported from Japan have been subjected to hold-and-test. This means that the products will only be released for sale when test results show that there is no radioactive contamination. If radioactive contaminants are detected in any sample, the affected shipment will be disposed of.
The SFA has suspended on the import of fruits and vegetables to include the prefectures of Kanagawa, Tokyo, Saitama, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba. The SFA had also suspended the import of milk, milk products, seafood and meat from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma.
What is the impact of Japan's earthquake and tsunami on Singapore's food supply?
The impact on Singapore's food supply is expected to be minimal. In 2010, seafood imported from Japan constitutes less than 2% of our total seafood imports by quantity. The import of other food products from Japan is negligible (less than 0.5%).
The public could visit the Japan Earthquake microsite at http://www.gov.sg/japanquake for latest updates and information.
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