Brazil Meat Scare: AVA Assures Singaporeans Meat Here is Safe to Eat

The AVA, which monitors the import of food products into Singapore, has assured Singaporeans that our meat is safe.

This comes in the light of the Brazil meat scandal, where meat inspectors there were found to have approved tainted meat for consumption.

There were fears that Singaporeans could have been consuming tainted meat, as 70 percent of our poultry is imported from Brazil, and so too a significant portion of pork imports.

Said the AVA:

“The Brazil Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply has placed 21 meat processing establishments under a special surveillance regime (of which 3 are suspended), following an investigation involving meat exporters in Brazil.

We would like to assure the public that Singapore does not import any meat from these establishments, and that they are not approved to export meat to Singapore.

Nonetheless, we are monitoring the situation closely, and have stepped up surveillance of imported meat and meat products from Brazil.”

The AVA also outlined the stringent process of checks which it has in place to ensure food safety:

“Meat  and  meat  products  can  only  be  imported  into  Singapore  from  AVA accredited sources. The accreditation process involves two levels of checks. AVA will first assess the robustness of an exporting country’s national animal health and food safety system and the authorities’ powers to enforce food safety requirements, such as minimizing microbial contamination and chemical  residues.  If  the  country  is approved as a source of meat supply, each meat establishment within the country will then   be   individually   evaluated   to   ensure   that   they   meet   AVA’s   food   safety requirements,  before  meat  processed  by  that  establishment  can  be  exported  to Singapore.

Upon arrival in Singapore,  every meat consignment is physically checked for spoilage and the health certification verified at the point of import. In addition, samples are also taken for laboratory testing.  Tests are conducted for a variety of food safety hazards (such as chemical residues, antibiotics and microbial pathogens), as well as authenticity  to  deter  fraud  (e.g.  to  ensure  that  the  meat  species  match  the  species declared on label).  Products that fail our tests will not be allowed to be sold. To date, there have not been any significant instances of non-compliance in meat shipments from Brazil.”



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