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RECALL OF YANGBAN BRAND KOREAN-MADE RICE PORRIDGE WITH ABALONE 

9 April 2014: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) informed the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) that they had recalled Yangban brand Korean-made rice porridge with abalone from retail sales in Canada. The batch of product was recalled because it was found with Clostridium botulinum and it may potentially permit the growth of the bacteria.

As there is import of the implicated product, AVA had informed the importers of the affected product to recall it from sale immediately.

AVA advises consumers who have bought the implicated product to discard the product and not to consume it. Alternatively, consumers can return it to the retailer.

Read more here.




SINGAPORE AUTHORITIES SEIZE ONE TONNE OF ILLEGAL IVORY WORTH S$2M 

3 April 2014: Acting on a tip-off, officers from AVA and Singapore Customs worked together to intercept and detain a shipment of illegal ivory, estimated to be worth S$2 million, last week.

Read more here
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SINGAPORE HOSTS 46TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE SEAFDEC 

1 April 2014: Singapore, represented by AVA, is hosting the 46th annual meeting of the Council of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) from 1 to 4 April 2014. The opening ceremony was graced by the Minister of State for National Development and Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman

Read more
here.


 
MAN SENTENCED TO 5 MONTHS JAIL FOR SMUGGLING PUPPIES

14 March 2014: A Malaysian man was sentenced to 5 months in jail in court today for importing 43 puppies into Singapore without the relevant import permits. He was also sentenced to 1 month in jail for committing animal cruelty to the 43 puppies.

Read more here.





FOOD LABELLING COURSE FOR FOOD TRADERS

27 February 2014: The Singapore Food Regulations requires all prepacked food products for sale in Singapore to be labelled according to the requirements specified. Food traders (manufacturers, importers, etc) are encouraged to attend Singapore Polytechnic’s upcoming two-day course, “Follow Good Food Labelling Practices”, on 17 and 18 March 2014. The course will equip participants with skills and knowledge on the general labelling requirements for prepacked food products to ensure that they are in compliance with the Singapore Food Regulations.

For more information on the course and funding support, please refer to Singapore Polytechnic’s website.



 


AVA LAUNCHES FREE PET HEALTH CHECK SERIES

15 February 2014: AVA launched a series of free pet health checks in partnership with private veterinarians, which aims to educate pet owners on preventive pet care and inculcate the importance of routine veterinary care for pets. 

Read more here.



HIGHEST PENALTY FOR THE POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL WILDLIFE

6 February 2014: A man was sentenced to a fine of $41,000 for the possession of illegal wildlife. This is the highest penalty that has been sentenced to a private individual for the possession of illegal wildlife.

Read more here.


 
PUBLIC FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON CODES OF ANIMAL WELFARE 

28 January 2014: The Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration Committee (MSCC) was established to serve as a platform for stakeholders to share their views and build mutual understanding on animal welfare, and to enhance collaborative efforts in promoting animal welfare in Singapore.

The MSCC is inviting the public to provide their feedback on the Codes of Animal Welfare for pet owners and pet industry via the REACH portal. This e-consultation will be from 28 January 2014 to 28 February 2014. 

Read more here.


RECALL OF MRS MACS MICROWAVE PIES, AUSTRALIA 

27 January 2014: The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) had informed that Mrs Macs Pty Ltd has recalled two Mrs Macs Microwave pies (Beef & Cheese Pie and Beef Pie) from retail sales Australia-wide. The recall is due to a packaging fault resulting in the potential for packaging material to overheat and scorch. 

The affected importer in Singapore had already recalled the implicated products from sale. Consumers who have bought the implicated product should remove the product from its package and heat in a conventional oven, and do not heat the product in the microwave film. Alternatively, consumers can return it to the retailer.  

Product Information

Product Name:

Mrs Macs Microwave Beef and Cheese Pie

Mrs Macs Microwave Beef Pie

Package Size/

Package Description

200g

Yellow plastic film packaging

200g

Red plastic film packaging

Date Marking:

[Best Before]

 

27/02/15, 03/03/15, 18/03/15, 19/03/15, 18/05/15, 06/07/15, 08/07/15

 

13/03/15, 23/03/15, 10/04/15, 16/04/15, 04/05/15, 22/05/15, 09/06/15, 18/06/15, 06/07/15, 22/07/15

Batch Identification:

Batch Code

APN/EAN

931066340063

9310663400620


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TWO VIETNAMESE MEN SENTENCED TO 16 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR SMUGGLING IVORY

22 January 2014: Two Vietnamese men were each sentenced to 16 months in jail for smuggling African elephant ivory through Singapore. A total of 13 pieces of elephant tusks, 16 pieces of ivory bangles and 109 pieces of ivory cubes weighing at about 45kg estimated to be worth at least SGD60,000 were found in their luggage bags.

Read more here.


AVA REVISES DOG LICENSING FEES

20 January 2014: To encourage sterilisation of pet dogs, AVA will be revising its dog licensing fee structure with effect from 1 February 2014. The fee changes will apply for all new licence applications and renewals of all existing licences.

Read more here.


VIETNAMESE MAN SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR SMUGGLING RHINOCEROS HORNS

16 January 2014: A Vietnamese man was sentenced to 15 months in jail for smuggling rhinoceros horns through Singapore. AVA found 8 pieces of rhinoceros horns weighing about 21.5kg, and estimated to be worth almost SGD1.7 million dollars, in his checked-in luggage bag.

Read more here.


AVA IMPLEMENTS TWO NEW PET SHOP LICENSING CONDITIONS

30 December 2013: To foster greater responsibility in the pet industry to ensure animal welfare and promote responsible pet ownership, the Minister of State for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, shared during the recent AVA’s annual Responsible Pet Ownership Roadshow that AVA has been revising licensing conditions for the pet retail industry. With effect from 1 January 2014, AVA will be adding two new licensing conditions for pet retailers selling cats, dogs and rabbits.

Read more here.



SINGAPORE TO JOIN THE GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY PARTNERSHIP

12 December 2013: Co-organised by the World Bank and the AVA, the 2nd Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) Conference Roundtable meeting is held for the first time in Asia. The opening was graced by the Minister of State for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee.

In MOS' opening address, he highlighted that Singapore is joining the GFSP and shared the importance of food safety, the challenges in ensuring food safety and the Singapore experience. MOS also encouraged the industry and academia to participate in the GFSP endeavour.


Read more here.


 
IMPORT AND TRADE OF LIVE ANIMALS, BIRDS AND WILDLIFE STRICTLY REGULATED

3 December 2013: In Singapore, it is an offence for any person to import and export/re-export any animal without a permit from AVA. It is also an offence for any person to have in possession, or to sell or advertise any wildlife and its parts/products, which have been illegally imported or acquired. Penalties vary according to the regulation applied.

Read more about the recent cases of illegal import/possession of birds and wildlife that were prosecuted in court here.


 

09 Apr 2014
Recall of Yangban brand Korean-made rice porridge with abalone
 

 
03 Apr 2014
AVA and Singapore Customs Joint Release - Singapore authorities seize one tonne of illegal ivory worth 2 million dollars
 

 
01 Apr 2014
Singapore hosts 46th annual meeting of the Council of the SEAFDEC
 

 

 

24 Mar 2014
Lifting of Restriction on Imports of Poultry and Poultry Products from Greiz, Thuringia and Blumberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
 

 
19 Mar 2014
Import Requirements For MP (Minimally Processed) Coconuts From Malaysia
 

 
 

 

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