Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Pork in Singapore is safe to eat

Today for some reason, I was thinking this question to myself, where do Singapore import their livestock? For example, where do Singapore get pork?  From which country? Is it safe to consume animals such as duck, chicken, pig in Singapore?
Then I decided to ask our good friend here, Google. I found out some interesting article written in the year 2009 when there was an outbreak of H1N1 in Asian countries, these are what I've found.

Pork in Singapore is safe to eat
1 The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has detected Pandemic
A/H1N1 2009 in samples from pigs imported from the farm on Pulau Bulan.

2 AVA would like to assure Singaporeans that the pork available
in Singapore is safe for consumption as we would ensure that only
healthy pigs are exported to Singapore. H1N1 virus is not transmitted
through the handling and consumption of pork and pork products, including
ham, bacon, sausages and canned pork. Nevertheless, AVA is stepping up its
monitoring and inspection to ensure food safety in Singapore.

3 World health authorities, namely the World Health Organisation
(WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food & Agriculture
Organisation (FAO), have jointly stated that:
• “…Pork and pork products, handled in accordance with good hygienic
practices will not be a source of infection.”
• “There is no evidence that the H1N1 virus is transmitted by food.”
• “Influenza viruses are not known to be transmissible to people through
eating processed pork or other food products derived from pigs.”
• “Heat treatments commonly used in cooking meat (e.g. 70°C core
temperature) will readily inactivate any viruses potentially present in raw
meat products”

Public Enquiries
7 Members of the public with enquiries can call AVA’s hotline at 6325
7625 (8.30 am – 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday) or email AVA at
ava_enquiries@ava.gov.sg.

Background information
8 AVA has accredited adequate sources of pork supply in 25 countries,
including our major suppliers of Australia and Brazil for chilled and frozen pork.
Singapore’s import of 1,000 pigs daily from Pulau Bulan constitutes 21% of our
total pork consumption.

So I guess now you should know, that most of the PIGS U EAT, are from BRAZIL or AUSTRALIA.  Hope this blog entry helps answer all your questions.

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