Food

Food-Health Products

Before checking the general classification of food products, traders and manufacturers of food-health products need to determine which competent authority regulates their products. Food-health products could fall under the regulation of either:

  • Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), or
  • Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

The import and sale of food and supplements of food nature are governed by the Sale of Food Act and the Food Regulations under AVA.

Importers must ensure that their products comply with AVA’s regulations and labelling requirements.

Meanwhile, medicinal and other health-related products are regulated under HSA’s regulations. Some products include western medicinal products, Chinese proprietary medicines and cosmetic products.

In general, food-health products are regulated by AVA if they are taken as:

  • part of a daily diet, or
  • supplementation to a diet, with no defined dosage.

The classification of food-health products may depend on various factors, please see Classification Tree for Products in the Food-Health Product Interface for more information and product examples.

Do note that this tree serves only as a guide. Please seek confirmation with the respective Authority on your product’s classification.

General Classification of Food & Food Products

Specific conditions and requirements apply when importing and exporting food and food products.

Food businesses, traders, consumers and travellers are advised to check AVA’s classification below to identify the relevant specific conditions and requirements to meet.

Food Group What's Included Additional References
MeatMeat Whole carcasses or parts of any animal or bird*.

These can be chilled, frozen, processed or in canned form. These include products that contain more than 5% meat content, and include animal oil and fat.

Some examples of processed meat products include: beef rendang, pizza, bak kwa.
Product codes for meat & meat products
FishFish Any of the following varieties of marine, brackish water or fresh water:

  • fishes
  • crustacean (e.g. crabs, lobsters, prawns, etc)
  • molluscs (e.g squids, octopus, cuttlefish, etc)
  • marine sponges
  • trepang or marine invertebrates (e.g. sea cucumber)
  • any other form of aquatic life including their young and eggs

These can be live, chilled, frozen, processed or in canned form.

Excluded: Ornamental varieties of fishes
Product codes for fish & fish products
Fresh Fruits and VegetablesFresh Fruits and Vegetables

Raw and unprocessed fruits and vegetables.

Some examples include raw (fresh) ginseng, fresh durians.

Excluded: Fruits and vegetables which have undergone some processing such as cutting, peeling, canning and freezing. These are regulated as processed food.

Product codes for fresh fruits & vegetables
Fresh EggsFresh Eggs

Table eggs

Product codes for table eggs
Processed EggsProcessed Eggs
  • salted and preserved eggs
  • liquid and powdered egg
  • cooked eggs (e.g. hard-boiled eggs and omelette)
Product codes for processed eggs
Processed FoodProcessed Food
All food products and supplements of food nature that are not grouped as meat products, fish products or fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.

Some examples include:
  • mineral water
  • wine
  • infant formula
  • milk and milk products such as cheese, milk powder and yoghurt
  • biscuits
  • cooking oil
  • beverages
  • nuts
Product codes for processed food products

Food AppliancesFood Appliances

Any item that is meant to come into contact with food and beverages and does not require electricity to function.

Food ware such as:

  • bowls
  • cups
  • plates
  • pans
  • pots
  • water bottles

Food utensils such as:
  • chopsticks
  • spoons
Product codes for food appliances

* Traders who intend to import Live Poultry into Singapore, please refer to the page 'Import, Export & Transshipment of Live Poultry & Livestock' for the relevant import requirements and procedures.

Overseas Establishments wishing to seek approval from AVA to export Live Poultry to Singapore, please refer to the sub-section 'Live Poultry' for the relevant accreditation requirements and procedures.

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