Finally a dead bulb is turned on….there is light – Singapore Food Agency

July 26, 2018

The formation of the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is timely and in my opinion long overdue. Hopefully the new statutory board would better support the local food sector and help boost its efficiency.

From what little I know. The SFA, which will oversee food safety and security, will be set up under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It will bring together food-related functions currently carried out by three other agencies – the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) under one roof.

The previous arrangement was so haphazard that anyone who was dumb enough to venture into commerical agri or livestock had to first jump thru 1,001 hula hoops or impersonate Phileas Fog by going from one ministry after another just to get basic approval for the most simple things….for years I have been very critical of AVA for their failure to provide a one stop administrative solution.

Finally….

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