Singapore Food Agency (SFA) launched its inaugural Singapore Food Statistics (SgFS) 2021 covering data from 2019-2021. The SgFS serves as a one-stop comprehensive resource for key statistics for the agri-food sector in Singapore.
Key Highlights from 2019 to 2021 for F&B Manufacturers:
Chapter 3: Adopting a risk-based approach: food safety in Singapore
- In 2021, a total of 16,630 import licenses and approx. 1.067 million import permits issued – an increase of 1.9% and 8% respectively from 2020
- 102 warnings issued in 2021, 59 compounded fines, and 7 court cases imposed
- From July 2019, SFA adopted a risk-based approach towards inspection of food imports. Consignments are tested for pathogens, chemicals, contaminants, and drug residues. On average for processed food, the number of samples collected ranges from 700 to more than 800 per quarter. Inspections were higher for meat and meat products and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Non-compliance with SFA’s standards of inspection by retail food establishments remained low between 2019 and 2021, at 3% on average. Non-retail food establishments showed a similar trend over the same period, except for central kitchens which typically saw higher non-compliance rates.
This inaugural SgFS 2021 provides comprehensive coverage of key trends in Singapore’s agri-food sector so that government, industry, and consumers can jointly work together to ensure a safe supply of food for Singapore.