Companies fined for illegal food imports; some fines imposed, others pending
Four corporations had been fined in Singapore in the previous month for illegally importing food products.
All of the companies had penalties save in court docket. In October, CCL Impex Pte Ltd. modified into as soon as fined S$3,600 (U.S. $2,700) for illegally importing new fruits, greens and processed food for sale.
In September 2019, officers from the Singapore Food Company (SFA) detected 387.5 kilograms of undeclared and under-declared new fruits and greens and about 506.7 kilograms of processed food in the consignments imported from Malaysia.
Problems importing new meat, fruit and greens
Ibrahim Bin Jantan, licensee of Sinar Bahgia, modified into as soon as fined S$9,400 (U.S. $7,000) in mid-October this one year for illegally importing new fruits, meat products, processed food and mineral water.
Between September 2019 and January this one year, SFA employees detected 645 kilograms of undeclared processed food, nearly 148 liters of undeclared mineral water, 258 kilograms of undeclared meat products and 175 kilograms of under-declared and undeclared new fruits in consignments imported from Indonesia.
Earlier this month, GH Enterprise Pte Ltd. modified into as soon as fined S$6,000 (U.S. $4,500) for illegally importing new greens for sale. In January SFA officials detected 150 kilograms of undeclared new greens in consignments imported from Malaysia.
Illegally imported greens can pose a food safety chance if unregulated or a high level of pesticides are susceptible. In Singapore, food can finest be imported by licensed companies, and each consignment ought to be declared and accompanied with a sound import allow. Participants who illegally import new fruits and greens are liable on conviction to a most dazzling of S$10,000 (U.S. $7,400) and/or imprisonment for as much as three years.
Yong Yew Hin, sole-proprietor of Yong Thor Sat Trading Co., modified into as soon as fined S$25,000 (U.S. $18,700) in October this one year for the illegal import of meat products.
In October 2019, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at Pasir Panjang Scanning Station detected anomalies in the scanned pictures of a 40- foot container from China. After further exams, ICA officers uncovered 101 cartons of illegally imported meat products. The case modified into as soon as referred to the SFA for investigation.
SFA’s enquiries found more than two tons of meat, including cured pork ham, duck gizzards, waxed rooster and duck and a quantity of canned sausages, had been imported illegally.
Offenders who ship in meat products illegally from unapproved sources are responsible for a stunning of S$50,000 (U.S. $37,300) and/or imprisonment of as much as two years.
Operation of unlicensed sites
Singapore for the time being imports about 90 p.c of its food from 170 international locations and regions. In late October, two other companies coping with meat had been penalized for illegal operation of websites.
ILTM Tampines Pte Ltd., a company licensed to promote takeaway meals, modified into as soon as fined S$2,000 (U.S. $1,500) for operating an unlicensed meat processing establishment and for unauthorized disposal of meat that had been sealed by the SFA.
In November 2019, SFA employees found the company had been thawing and marinating rooster meat in premises now not licensed as a meat processing plant. A complete of 78 packets and one tub of raw rooster thighs had been sealed by SFA and detained in the corporate’s chiller. ILTM Tampines Pte disposed of those things sooner than investigations had been finished, regardless of being educated to now not accomplish so with out SFA’s approval.
Offenders who illegally direction of and store meat products will be liable on conviction to a most dazzling of S$10,000 (U.S. $7,400) and/or imprisonment for as much as one one year. Participants who tamper with, take hang of away, distribute, promote, or in every other case win rid of any item seized or detained by SFA at some level of an investigation face on conviction a most dazzling of S$10,000 and/or imprisonment for as much as one one year.
Cent to Dollar Pte Ltd., an operator of minimarts, convenience stores and provision outlets, modified into as soon as fined S$2,000 (U.S. $1,500), for operating an unlicensed cool store.
In March this one year, officials from the SFA found that the business had been storing meat products in chest freezers in premises that weren’t licensed as a cool store. About 147 kilograms of loads of sliced beef cuts had been seized by SFA.
Participants who illegally store meat products are liable on conviction to a most dazzling of S$10,000 and/or imprisonment for as much as one one year.
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