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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).
What is SFA's advice to pork handlers in the market?
The Influenza A (H1N1) virus is not transmitted by food. According to the US CDC, OIE and WHO, there is also no evidence to suggest that someone can become infected by Influenza A (H1N1) from eating pork or pork products. Pork handlers should continue to exercise good personal hygiene in their work.
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.
Some countries have stopped importing pork from the USA. Will Singapore impose a similar import suspension? Why?
Singapore imports pork and pork products only from SFA-approved sources. Mexico is not an approved country to export meat products to Singapore.
The current human cases have no history of contact with pigs. There are no reports of the new Influenza A (H1N1) virus in pig farms in the USA or elsewhere. The new virus strain has not been isolated from pigs or other farm animals. Hence, import suspension of pork will not be taken at this juncture. SFA will continue to monitor the situation closely.
SFA is also in contact with its counterparts in the US, and will also work closely with MOH and other authorities on this aspect.
Has this new Influenza A (H1N1) been detected in pigs imported into Singapore?
No. There is also no report of the infection in pigs in USA or elsewhere. This new strain has only been found in humans and has not been isolated from animals. Nonetheless SFA is closely monitoring developments.
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