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WE ARE MOVING!

The AVA headquarters at 5 Maxwell Road will be relocating to JEM at Jurong Gateway. Starting from 15 Dec 2014 (Monday), our new address will be: 52 Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01, Singapore 608550, and our new general enquiry line will be: 6805 2992.

AVA’s new Service Centre will also commence operations at Level 6, JEM on 15 Dec 2014 (Monday). We encourage customers to use our e-Services to save time on travelling and waiting.



RECALL OF HUANG DAH MU BRAND DRIED TOFU FROM TAIWAN 

19 December 2014: The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration detected dimethyl yellow, a non-permitted colouring, in several brands of dried tofu manufactured in Taiwan. Dimethyl yellow is a chemical agent and a possible carcinogen.

As there is import of one of the implicated products, AVA has required the importer to recall the product from sale immediately. Recall has been completed.

For details of the affected product, click here.


RECALL OF 2 BATCHES OF HOLLE BRAND INFANT FOOD FROM SWITZERLAND DUE TO DETECTION OF NON-PERMITTED CHEMICALS

17 December 2014: Holle Baby Food GmbH Serviceburo, Switzerland, is voluntarily recalling select Holle brand baby foods due to the detection of traces of tropane alkaloids, namely atropine and scopolamine in some batches of the products. These chemicals are naturally produced by millet plants to deter herbivores and are also used for medicinal purposes.

As two batches of Holle brand products have been imported into Singapore, AVA has advised the importer to recall the implicated products from sale as a precautionary measure. For more details of the affected products, please click here.


 
WOMAN SENTENCED TO 5 MONTHS JAIL FOR SMUGGLING PUPPIES AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

5 November 2014: A Singaporean woman was sentenced to 4 months in jail in court today for importing 13 puppies into Singapore without the relevant import permits. She was also sentenced to 1 month in jail for committing animal cruelty to the 13 puppies. Both sentences will run concurrently.

Read more here.



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

23 October 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 Cyprus’ rabies status, Cyprus has been reclassified from a country listed under Category D to Category C for the import of dogs and cats, with effect from 23 October 2014.



FOUR FARMS CERTIFIED UNDER AVA'S GOOD AQUACULTURE PRACTICE FOR FISH FARMING (GAP-FF)

23 October 2014: As part of AVA's continued efforts to support the local farming industry, AVA is introducing the Good Aquaculture Practice for Fish Farming (GAP-FF) Certification Scheme.The scheme aims to raise the profile of local fish farms and provide assurance to both retailers and consumers by setting the benchmark for the production of safe and quality fish.

Read more here.



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 on 14 October 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.


12 Dec 2014
AVA and BCA relocating to Jem
 

 
05 Nov 2014
Woman sentenced to 5 months jail for smuggling puppies and animal cruelty
 

 
23 Oct 2014
Four farms certified under AVA’s Good Aquaculture Practice for Fish Farming (GAP-FF)
 

 

 

15 Dec 2014
Food (Amendment) Regulations 2014
 

 
10 Dec 2014
Outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) in British Columbia, Canada
 

 
 

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