SINGAPORE: A new agency to oversee food-related issues will be formed under new laws passed in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 12).The Singapore Food Agency (SFA), which is set to be formed on Apr 1 and come under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, will consolidate the regulatory oversight of food safety and security, which are currently divided among three public agencies.These are the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). All three work together to oversee the food supply chain — from import, local production, manufacturing to retail.Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli, in presenting the Bill for a second reading in Parliament, said Singapore will not be the first to adopt such a “farm-to-fork model” and the Government has studied other countries where a single agency is responsible for food safety along the entire food supply … [Read more...] about New agency to be formed to oversee Singapore’s food safety, security
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SINGAPORE: A new statutory board, to be called the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), will be formed in April next year under the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) to oversee food safety and security, it was announced on Thursday (26 Jul).The agency 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), said MEWR and the Ministry of National Development (MND) in a joint news release.Formed in response to challenges posed by the global food landscape and climate change, SFA will manage food safety, hygiene regulations and address issues of food supply.SFA aims to “enhance regulatory oversight from farm to fork”, the release added.A National Centre for Food Science will also be established under SFA, consolidating the food laboratory capabilities of the three agencies.“Safeguarding … [Read more...] about New statutory board to be formed in April 2019 to oversee food safety and security; AVA to be disbanded
Jakarta. Veganism is not all about the health benefits. For many, the driving forces behind deciding to go vegan may also include the desire to help create a more sustainable environment, reduce carbon footprints or stop cruelty against animals. The definition of veganism itself, according to The Vegan Society who coined the term in 1944, is "a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practicable — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals." In short, going vegan involves more than just cutting out meat and dairy products. It's a comprehensive lifestyle choice that strives to avoid animal cruelty and exploitation. Many vegan … [Read more...] about How Do We Know the Vegan Foods We Buy Are Really Vegan?
By Adina Bresge The Canadian Press Thu., May 24, 2018 HALIFAX—The vast majority of Canadians believe genetically modified (GM) foods should have to be labelled at the grocery store, according to a new study, which a researcher says shows most consumers are confused about the science behind their dinner plates. In a recent survey, researchers at a Halifax university found that nearly 90 per cent of Canadians expressed some degree of support for mandatory labelling of genetically modified ingredients, but most respondents were unsure whether they had purchased an engineered food product. Participants were split about whether the health effects of GM foods are fully understood, according to the study, which reflects the lack of understanding among consumers, said Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. “Most Canadians are confused about the safety health effects of genetically modified foods in general,” … [Read more...] about Most Canadians confused about genetically modified foods, support mandatory labelling: study
Every major food exporting country has experienced food safety problems at one time or another. melamine scandal" in which milk and infant formula as well as other food products were found to be contaminated with the dangerous chemical Melamine. setbacks in the past in its food export sector ranging from avian flu (article #1 and #2) to contamination of fruit exports to Europe (article #1). rigorous food safety regulations and enforcement. Japan has zero tolerance for potential health hazards in their food (Read article). lucrative export revenue. For example, CP Group was a major participant in a project to protect Thai poultry against Avian Flu and thus won back market share in chicken meat exports after the avian flu crisis (Read article). Domestic markets are much slower to react to problems. A recent study has shown that much of the food sold in domestic wet markets and food stalls (and even stores where one would expect higher standards) still contain chemical and … [Read more...] about Essential food safety and food processing vocabulary 1