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 S ecuring a supply of safe food is innovation, cross-boundary exchange and needs by 2030. Through funding and technology
interdisciplinary co-operation so as to be a cohesive organisation that is able to achieve its mission effectively.
The Work of SFA
Food Import & Export
SFA’s integrated food safety system safeguards food safety from farm to fork. The agency also facilitates food export by issuing internationally recognised certificates and permits, as well as promotes Singapore as a food transhipment hub.
Food Manufacturers
SFA regulates all local food processing, and storage establishments. It conducts site inspections to ensure proper bio-security, food safety and hygiene practices. Samples are also taken from a range of laboratory tests.
Food Farming
To effectively buffer from supply disruptions, Singapore aims to produce 30% of its nutritional
fundamental to Singapore’s national security.
Throughout its history, Singapore always had to contend with a lack of land and natural resources. It is no wonder that strengthening Singapore’s food security has become a national agenda.
Global warming has been wreaking havoc on farming and livestock. In addition, the onset of COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption to global supply chains, making it more difficult for countries to engage in trade internationally, and putting into greater prominence the need forcountriestohavearesilientsourceoftheir own food.
Singapore has planned for food supply disruptions for years, putting into action a comprehensive strategy after the global food crisis of 2007 and 2008, which took place amidst an unprecedented inflation and supply crunch in various key food items such as grains. While there are certainly challenges lying ahead, plans have been put in place to overcome them, and secure Singapore’s sustenance for the future.
To meet rising challenges on food safety and food security, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) was formed as a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) on 1 April 2019. MEWR has since been renamed Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) on 25 July 2020. The SFA brings together food-related functions carried out by the former Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, the National Environment Agency and the Health Sciences Authority.
SFA is made up of a multidisciplinary team who is committed to a work environment conducive to professional development,
transfers, SFA helps local farmers transform and adopt technology to intensify output.
Wholesale Markets
SFA manages the Jurong and Senoko fishery ports, and the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre – the main wholesale and distribution facilities for fish and seafood, as well as fruits, vegetables and dried goods.
Food Retail
SFA regulates all retail food establishments (including central kitchen, catering, and foodservice operations), markets, hawkers to ensure the safety of food and drinking water.
As the lead agency for food-related matters, SFA ensures and secures a supply of safe food for Singapore. It works hand-in-hand with the industry and consumers to enhance Singapore’s food security through its three “food baskets” – diversifying import sources, growing locally and growing overseas.

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