New agency to oversee food safety and security
PUBLISHED ON 27 Jul 2018
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA), a new statutory board, will be formed on 1 April 2019 to oversee food safety and security, said the Government on 26 July 2018.

SFA, will come under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), and will take over the food-related functions that are currently carried out by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

The integration will allow SFA to manage all food-related matters and further strengthen the food safety regime. Separately, a National Centre for Food Science (NCFS) will be established under SFA to consolidate the food laboratory capabilities of the three agencies under one roof.

In a statement, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli said: “Doing this will help make our food supply future-ready, and provide good jobs to Singaporeans in the food industry,” he added.

As part of the reorganisation, all non-food plant and animal related functions of AVA will be transferred to the National Parks Board (NParks) under the Ministry of National Development (MND).

In addition, a new Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) will be formed under NParks, as the main touch-point on animal-related issues for pet owners and businesses, and animal welfare groups. It will also take on AVA’s current role as the first responder for animal-related feedback.

When the changes take effect in April next year, AVA will be dissolved.