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First live chicken imports from Indonesia arrive in Singapore

CNA – Singapore has started importing live chickens from a farm in Indonesia, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced yesterday.

In June last year, Singapore added Indonesia as a new source for the import of chilled, frozen and processed chicken.

Singapore previously imported live chickens from only Malaysia.

In a Facebook post yesterday, SFA said that a farm in Indonesia that is free of avian influenza has been approved as a new source of live chickens for Singapore.

The first consignment from Indonesia arrived by sea on Saturday Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Koh Poh Koon said, “With the approval of this new farm, Singaporean consumers and businesses will have more options for chicken, further strengthening the resilience of our chicken supply.

“Even as we continue to diversify our import sources, we must be prepared for food supply disruptions from time to time.”

He urged people to be flexible with their food options and to chose alternatives such as frozen food or other protein options.

The addition of Indonesia to Singapore’s chicken sources last year came after Malaysia decided to impose an export ban on June 1, 2022, although that was lifted later in the year.

Imported chicken meat. PHOTO: SFA
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