Mechanisms - Singapore Food Agency (SFA)

Established year:
April 2019


  • Monitoring compliance
  • Public dissemination of monitoring results
  • Applying sanctions to identified violations
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) was formed as a statutory board under MEWR on 1 April 2019 to oversee food safety and food security from farm-to-fork. The SFA brings together food-related functions carried out by the former Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, the National Environment Agency and the Health Sciences Authority.
As the lead agency for food-related matters, SFA’s mission is to ensure and secure a supply of safe food for Singapore. SFA works hand-in-hand with the industry and consumers to grow our three “food baskets” – Diversify import sources, Grow local, and Grow overseas, as well as ensure food safety from farm to fork. SFA also partners food businesses to strengthen capabilities, tap on technologies to raise productivity, undertake research to develop new lines of business, and catalyse industry transformation to ensure food security   

Testing of Food & Food Products: The Veterinary Public Health Laboratory (VPHL) supports food supply and safety regulatory programmes through our testing and monitoring programmes to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of fresh food. The VPHL is accredited by the Singapore Accreditation Council-Singapore Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (SAC-SINGLAS) for compliance under the ISO/IEC Guide 17025 "General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories."

Commercial Food Imports: All commercial food imports that enter Singapore must come from accredited food establishments in approved countries. In addition, only traders who are licensed or registered with SFA can bring in commercial shipments of food. Food imports must comply with the relevant legislation governed by SFA and follow SFA’s rules on food labelling and advertisements.

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