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Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to be formed in April 2019 and AVA will cease to exist

October 5, 2018

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA), a statutory board, will be formed and come under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (Mewr) .The new agency will be taking over food-related work currently being done by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on April 1,2019.

The AVA will cease to exist from next April and its animal-related functions, such as animal welfare, will be transferred to the National Parks Board (NParks)under the Ministry of National Development (MND).

The agency also intends to improve food safety. Three agencies – AVA, NEA and HSA – currently regulate this across the food supply chain, and Singapore Food Agency will be the sole organisation doing so from next April.

The Straits Times Singapore

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