Indonesia approved as Singapore’s new source of frozen, chilled chicken

Singapore's existing sources include Brazil, Thailand and Australia.

Melissa Heng

Melissa Heng

The Straits Times


Indonesia joins a list of 20 countries accredited to export chicken to Singapore. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

July 1, 2022

SINGAPORE – Singapore will soon be able to receive chicken from Indonesia.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (June 30), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said Indonesia has been approved as a new source of frozen, chilled and processed chicken meat for the Republic.

SFA added that chickens from approved Indonesian establishments can now be imported. Singapore’s existing sources include Brazil, Thailand and Australia.

Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu also posted about the announcement on Facebook.

She said adding Indonesia to Singapore’s list of 20 accredited countries to import chicken from is another step forward in the country’s efforts to diversify sources and enhance the resilience of its food supply.

“Global supplies will continue to face uncertainties, and we must be psychologically prepared for more disruptions and price volatility,” she added.

“While the Government undertakes long-term planning and proactive actions to safeguard Singapore’s food supply, consumers and the food industry also have an important part to play.”

Ms Fu said being flexible with food choices and being willing to switch to alternative products when necessary also help increase Singapore’s resilience.

The announcement that Singapore will have another source of chicken is timely given that Malaysia’s chicken export ban, which started on June 1, is still in effect.

Exports were halted so that prices and supplies there could stabilise.

Although Malaysia has since allowed exports of kampung and black chicken, the more common and affordable broiler chicken – which makes up the majority of Singapore’s chicken imports from Malaysia – is still under the ban.

According to SFA, 34 per cent of Singapore’s chicken supply come from Malaysia. Most of those chickens are imported live and slaughtered here.

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