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Top 5 Most Popular FAQs
Do I require a licence to manufacture food for distribution? If yes, can I do it in a residential house?
Yes, under the Sale of Food Act, a licence to operate a food processing establishment is required from SFA, for the manufacturing, processing, preparation or packing of foods (excluding meat or fish processing) for the purpose of distribution to wholesalers and retailers.
The premises used for manufacturing, processing, preparation or packing of food for the purpose of distribution must be carried out in a properly designed and constructed food processing establishment equipped with all the necessary facilities.
Use of residential house as a food processing establishment for manufacturing of food for distribution is not allowed.
How do I apply for a food processing establishment licence?
You may apply for a Licence to operate a food processing establishment (excluding meat and fish) via
How soon can a licence be issued to me to operate a food processing establishment?
It all depends on how soon you can comply with the health requirements, specific to your food establishment, which will be issued to you for compliance during the licensing stage.
Please be reminded that no food processing operation is allowed until approval of the licence is granted.
Which authority regulates the labelling of GM foods in Singapore?
The SFA regulates the labelling of all food in Singapore. Currently, SFA is reviewing the requirement on labelling of GM food with the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC).
My overseas customers may sometimes require health certificate(s) for the food products that I export to them due to the requirements of their authorities. How can I apply for such certificate?
You may apply for health certificates from the Licensing & Permits Division of SFA if you are exporting processed food products, excluding meat and seafood products, that are manufactured, processed or packed in food processing establishments licensed by the Licencing and Processing Group (LPG) of SFA.
For health certificates to be issued, inspection and/or sampling of food from the export consignment will be carried out.
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for health certificates for processed food (excluding meat and seafood products) or export health certification for meat, fish and dairy products.
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