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Top 5 Most Popular FAQs
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.
If the currently reported cases of human infections are not due to contact with pigs, why was it called swine flu?
The World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) has declared that the flu virus currently infecting humans should not be called "swine flu", as it also contains avian and human components and no pigs have been found ill with the disease so far. The virus has not been discovered in animals to date.
Can I catch Influenza A (H1N1) from eating pork and pork products?
No. The WHO, OIE and US CDC have stated that the Influenza A (H1N1) virus is not spread by food. In any case, eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 70℃ kills all bacteria and viruses, including the Influenza A (H1N1) virus. Similarly, eating properly processed meat products, such as ham, bacon, sausages, canned meat, is safe.
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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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).
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