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SINGAPORE AGRI-FOOD BUSINESS DIRECTORY 2019
More than ever, consumers today look for ease
of preparation
and enhanced nutritional value in their food choices. Food manufacturers need to innovate their product offerings to meet these new consumer requirements.
CHEE HONG TAT
SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE, MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
one point of contact,” said the MEWR and MND in a joint statement.
The new agency will also mean more business-friendly regulations, as existing licences for food businesses will be approved by a single authority. Businesses which had to apply for multiple operating licences from the NEA and AVA previously, now only need to deal with the SFA.
“By harmonising licensing standards and combining existing licences for food businesses, including for farmers, food manufacturers, food retailers and food service operators, businesses will be able to adapt and transform their business models seamlessly and look at new ways to grow their operations,” the MEWR and MND said.
As the lead agency for food-related matters, the SFA will partner food businesses
to strengthen capabilities, tap on technologies to raise productivity, undertake research to develop new lines of business, and catalyse industry transformation. This will be done in collaboration with economic agencies such as the Economic Development Board, Enterprise Singapore and A*STAR.
“Our local producers can provide vegetables and  sh supplies that are protected from adverse environmental conditions by tapping into innovative technologies in high-tech farming and aquaculture that enable intensi ed production via controlled processes,” the statement noted.
A National Centre for Food Science will be set up under the SFA to consolidate the food laboratory capabilities of the three agencies. It will run food diagnostics, and conduct research and development in food safety to ensure that food continues to be safe for consumption and standards are benchmarked internationally.
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