Singapore Food Agency

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment that oversees food safety and security in Singapore.[1]

Singapore Food Agency
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Agency overview
Formed1 April 2019; 3 years ago (2019-04-01)
Preceding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters52 Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01, Singapore 608550
Agency executives
Parent agencyMinistry of Sustainability and the Environment
Websitesfa.gov.sg

HistoryEdit

The agency was first announced on 26 July 2018 as a consolidation of all food-related functions of the Singapore government, which had previously been carried out by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). As part of this move, the National Centre for Food Science (NCFS) was established to consolidate the food laboratory capabilities that were formerly distributed across the different statutory boards. Concurrently, the AVA was to be abolished, with its non-food plant and animal-related functions to be transferred to the National Parks Board (NParks).[2][3]

The agency was launched on 1 April 2019 by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli.[1] Part of its mission will be to increase Singapore's home-grown food production capacity; the government has set a target to produce 30% of its food needs locally by 2030, up from 10% in 2019.[4]

Singapore was ranked 1st on the Global Food Security Index in 2019.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Teh, Cheryl (1 April 2019). "New agency launched to strengthen food security and safety, from farm to fork". The Straits Times. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ Wong, Derek (26 July 2018). "New stat board Singapore Food Agency to be formed in April 2019; AVA will cease to exist". The Straits Times. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ Matthew, Mohan. "New stat board to oversee food safety and security; AVA to be disbanded". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Singapore sets 30% goal for home-grown food by 2030". The Straits Times. 2019-03-08. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  5. ^ "The World's Best Countries For Food Security". worldatlas.

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