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     FrontPage Edition: Mon 6 Feb 2006

Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore



During the festive season, many people will be travelling overseas and may bring back with them eggs, meat, fish products, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and processed food.
As the national food safety authority, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority¨s (AVA) mission is to ensure a resilient supply of safe food, and safeguard the health of animals and plants for the well-being of both Singaporeans and our visitors.
As such, we care about the type of food and the amount that is brought into Singapore. We want to ensure that food safety standards are not compromised and food-borne diseases are kept under control.
We seek to minimise any negative impact exotic pests and diseases can have on our plant, animal and human health, as well as the environment.
In this regard, we would like to seek the co-operation of travellers in adhering to the following guidelines on food imports.
Small amounts for personal consumption - no permit required
Under Singapore laws, a person is required to obtain a permit from AVA before importing food into the country.
AVA however, recognises that travellers both from Singapore and overseas, may wish to bring certain food items for personal consumption when they travel.
Therefore, travellers are exempted from a permit if they only bring in small quantities of food items meant strictly for personal consumption.
Travellers must however, be aware of the risks associated with consuming such food items, which have not undergone checks by AVA.
Travellers should also note that certain food items do not fall under this exemption. For example, poultry and eggs from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are prohibited. Meat in all forms including bak kwa, from Malaysia and Thailand are also not allowed.

Source: Media Release 5 Jan 2006

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