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How safe is our pork in Singapore?
Singapore only imports pork and pork products from SFA-approved sources. At the approved export abattoirs, only healthy pigs, which pass inspection, are allowed to proceed for slaughter. The slaughtered pigs are then subject to post-mortem inspection. Only meat that pass inspection as fit for human consumption is exported to Singapore. When the pork products arrive in Singapore, they are inspected and sampled regularly for testing.
The pig farm on Pulau Bulan, Indonesia, is Singapore's only source of pigs. SFA regularly inspects the farm to ensure that it maintains a high level of biosecurity and that only healthy pigs are sent to Singapore. In addition, SFA collects samples from pigs for lab tests to ensure that they are free from various diseases, including the human Influenza A (H1N1).
Under what situation will SFA consider banning import of pork/pigs?
SFA will consider banning imports of pork/pigs from a country if this specific new strain of the flu virus is found to infect pigs in that country.
What is Bird Flu?
Singapore is free from bird flu. However, it is endemic in the region. Thus, the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) work closely to remain vigilant and put in place precautionary measures to prevent a bird flu incursion. These include source accreditation, import control, routine inspection and surveillance at points of entry, local farms, poultry slaughterhouses, wild birds and pet shops.
In light of the outbreaks of bird flu in the region, members of the public may have concerns about the disease.
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What precautionary measures are taken by SFA to keep the virus out of Singapore?
SFA has stepped up inspection and surveillance of the pig farm at Pulau Bulan, and the testing of the pigs to ensure that they are not infected with the virus found in the current outbreaks.
When the imported pigs arrived at the pig abattoir in Singapore, they are further inspected before and after slaughter. SFA also requires abattoir workers and SFA staff, who have contact with pigs to don protective attire, such as face shields and protective clothes.
SFA will test incoming pork imports from the US as well as other sources for the flu virus as a precautionary measure, even though there is no danger of contracting Influenza A (H1N1) from pork.
What is Influenza A (H1N1)?
Influenza A (H1N1) is a contagious respiratory disease of pigs. The disease is common in North and South America, Asia and Europe. Illness is caused by type A influenza viruses, which also affect a range of other animals, as well as humans.
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