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WOMAN FINED $8,400 FOR ILLEGAL IMPORT OF MEAT PRODUCTS 

15 October 2014: A woman was sentenced to a fine of $8,400 in court yesterday for illegally importing meat products from China. 

Read more here.




SINGAPORE CELEBRATES WORLD FOOD DAY 2014 

11 October 2014: Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, and Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister of State for National Development and Defence and Mayor, South East District visted the Marine Crescent Ville community garden as part of Singapore's observance of World Food Day. Mr Goh and Dr Maliki also harvested and sampled produce from the garden. 

Read more here.




MR YEO GUAT KWANG, CHAIRMAN, ANIMAL WELFARE LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE TABLES PRIVATE MEMBER'S BILL ON ANIMAL WELFARE IN PARLIAMENT


7 October 2014: Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC and Chairman of the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee (AWLRC), has tabled a Private Member’s Bill which amends the Animals and Birds Act in the area of animal welfare. This Bill follows the Government’s acceptance of the committee’s recommendations on animal welfare in April 2013. The Bill is supported by Members of Parliament, Mr Alex Yam, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Mr Vikram Nair and Mr Edwin Tong.

Read more here.


 

AVA AND SPCA CELEBRATE WORLD ANIMAL DAY

26 September 2014: In conjunction with World Animal Day (4 October 2014), SPCA and AVA have come together again to advocate responsible pet ownership. Join us this weekend (27-28 September 2014) at United Square Shopping Mall and learn more about responsible pet ownership.

As World Rabies Day falls on 28 September 2014, visitors of the event can also learn about rabies and precautions to take if they visit rabies-endemiic countries in the region.

Read more here.


 


RECALL OF CHI MEI AND SHENG HSIANG JEN FOOD PRODUCTS FROM TAIWAN DUE TO TAINTED OIL

22 September 2014: Since early September 2014, there have been news reports on the use of "tainted oil" in food production in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The use of such "tainted oil" is primarily a fraudulent practice. AVA has been working with importers and major supermarkets to remove the affected products from sale based on the lists published in the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) and Hong Kong Centre of Food Safety (CFS) websites. To date, two affected products have been imported into Singapore and AVA has recalled them from sales:

1. 奇美饺子(Chi Mei Dumplings)

2. 盛香珍(Sheng Hsiang Jen range of cookies)


Read more here.



SAFEGUARDING OUR BORDERS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMPORTS OF ANIMALS

18 September: Singapore has been free from rabies since 1953 but as the disease is endemic in the region, it is critical to maintain vigilance against rabies. AVA has measures (e.g. stringent import controls) in place to keep rabies at bay and recently, we conducted our first emergency preparedness exercise to test operational readiness to respond to a rabies outbreak.

Besides stringent import controls, AVA also works closely with border control agencies, such as Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), to safeguard Singapore from illegal imports of animals. On 9 September, ICA detected a case of illegal import of 13 puppies at Woodlands Checkpoint.

Read more about the emergency preparedness exercise and the illegal import here.


SINGAPORE HOSTS INAUGURAL VISIT BY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF UN FAO

5 September 2014: Singapore hosts the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, Mr José Graziano da Silva, in his inaugural official visit to Singapore from 4-6 September 2014.

Read more here.


 
NEW MEASURES TO BOOST LOCAL FARMING SECTOR

25 August 2014: The Minister of State for National Development and Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, announced the launch of a new $63 million Agriculture Productivity Fund to boost the local farmng industry.

Read more here.



REVIEW OF AVA'S FOOD SAFETY & BIOSECURITY PROGRAMMES - 6TH INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS (IACE) REVIEW

7 August 2014: The AVA's International Advisory Committee of Experts (IACE) has concluded its sixth review of AVA's food safety and biosecurity programmes.

Read more here.




OFFICIAL OPENING OF LORONG HALUS JETTY

24 July 2014: The Minister of State for National Development and Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman, was the guest-of-honour at the official opening of Lorong Halus Jetty.

Read more here.



COMPLETION OF DRAFTING OF CODES OF ANIMAL WELFARE

19 July 2014: The Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee chairman, MP Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, announced that the Multi Stakeholder Collaboration Committee for Animal Welfare has completed drafting the codes of animal welfare.

Read more here.




AVA'S FOOD SAFETY AWARDS NIGHT 2014

4 July 2014: AVA CEO, Ms Tan Poh Hong, gave the opening address at our Food Safety Awards Night 2014. The event was graced by our Guest of Honour, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, the Minister of State for National Development and Defence.



ESTONIA RECLASSIFIED AS “CATEGORY C” COUNTRY FOR THE IMPORT OF DOGS AND CATS


1 July 2014: The import of pets, such as dogs and cats, must comply with AVA’s veterinary conditions and import requirements, which vary according to the rabies status of the source country.

Following AVA’s completion of risk assessment of Estonia’s rabies status, Estonia has been reclassified from a country listed under Category D to Category C for the import of dogs and cats, with effect from 1 July 2014.


 
AVA LOWERS LICENSING FEES FOR 4TH DOG


28 June 2014: The Minister of State for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, announced that AVA will be lowering the annual licensing fees for pet owners’ 4th dog (local mixed breed) which are adopted from AVA’s rehoming partners, with effect from 1st July 2014. This move is to support the rehoming efforts of Animal Welfare Groups. The annual licensing fees will be lowered from $180 to $15. 

Read more here.

MOS' announcement can be read here.



 

APPLICATION FOR ADOPTION OF SMUGGLED PUPPIES OPEN FROM 13 TO 20 JUNE 2014

12 June 2014: In March 2014, 43 puppies were smuggled into Singapore and the offender was sentenced to jail for 6 months for the illegal import and animal cruelty.

 

So far, the puppies have been under AVA’s quarantine and care. As the puppies are expected to complete quarantine in July 2014, AVA will be working with SPCA on adoption of the puppies. There are several breeds available, including Poodles, Pugs, Spitzes, Pomeranians, Chihuahua (only 1), Jack Russell Terriers (only 2), Golden Retrievers (only 2) and Spitz crosses. Prior to being adopted, the puppies will be given full vaccinations and parasite treatment. They will also be sterilised, microchipped and licensed. Successful applicants will be required to pay for these treatments and services, and quarantine fees, which will cost $731.

 

Interested parties who wish to adopt the puppies can email ava_import&export_animals@ava.gov.sg to register interest between 13 to 20 June 2014. Following which, applicants will be required to complete an adoption questionnaire via email and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.



 
AVA EASES RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORT OF FOOD FROM JAPAN

31 May 2014: AVA is easing restrictions on food imports from Japan, including Fukushima prefecture with immediate effect. The announcement comes after AVA’s review and on-site assessment, as well as satisfactory surveillance results from Japan and AVA. 

Read more here
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HIGHEST FINE FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY

24 April 2014: A man was sentenced to a fine of $10,000 for committing animal cruelty in court today. This is the first time the maximum fine has been imposed by the court for animal cruelty.

Read more here.


 
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.


 

15 Oct 2014
Woman fined $8,400 for illegal import of meat products
 

 
11 Oct 2014
Singapore Celebrates World Food Day 2014
 

 
07 Oct 2014
Chairman of Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee tables Private Members Bill on animal welfare in Parliament
 

 

 

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