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AVA to monitor U.S. poultry after positive bird flu test

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 5, 2008

The Singapore Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is monitoring the import of Tyson chicken products following reports that the US meat company has begun culling some 15,000 chickens that had been exposed to a strain of the avian flu in northwest Arkansas.

An AVA spokesman said on Wednesday that Singapore imported 289 tonnes of Tyson chicken products.

‘We are monitoring the situation and are in close contact with our counterparts. Only chicken that are safe to eat and free from birdflu are allowed to be imported into Singapore,’ said the spokesman.

He added that AVA ensures a resilient supply of safe and wholesome food by enforcing stringent food safety regulations and standards that are consistent with international practices.

Officials of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said routine blood tests conducted last Friday found the possible exposure of the chickens to the H7N3 strain of virus. (story)


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Jade buyout being investigated

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 21, 2008

4 organisations are now involved in the widening official probe into the aborted takeover of Singapore-listed Jade Technologies.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra) have recently announced that they are also looking into the fiasco.

They have joined efforts by two other regulatory and enforcement bodies – the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), the white-collar crime unit, and the Securities Industry Council (SIC), which polices takeovers.

Earlier this month, major Jade shareholder Anthony Soh pulled the plug on a proposed $117 million buyout of the company after admitting he had insufficient funds. (story)

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Do you have an illegal licence plate?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 22, 2008

Giving a car a Continental touch with a number plate that resembles those used in the European Union might be all the rage, but it is, in fact, illegal. At least two number plate manufacturers have been importing the moulds for these plates directly from Europe, fonts and all, at the cost of up to $80,000.

But the EU number plates use letter and number fonts that are smaller than the Land Transport Authority requires them to be, and their colours might be against the rules, too.

For instance, letters and numbers on licence plates on Singapore registered cars must be 70 mm high and 50 mm wide. (story)

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Where’d you get that pork?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 7, 2008

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is considering applications from slaughterhouses in both countries to sell frozen pork here, part of a government plan to diversify the country’s food supply.

Recent outbreaks such as bird flu, along with the wide-reaching fallout of climate change, have prompted AVA to look further afield for food supplies, said spokesman Goh Shih Yong.

‘We believe in taking no chances. Food safety is of paramount importance,’ he said.

In 2006, for example, the export of frozen raw chicken from Thailand and China was suspended because of a bird flu outbreak.

Similar scares have prompted AVA to look to meat producers in South America. (story)

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Changi Airport handles a record 36.7 million passengers in 2007

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 28, 2008

Singapore’s Changi Airport handled record passenger traffic of 36.7 million in 2007, up almost 5 percent from the previous year, the government said Monday. Last year’s passenger traffic broke the previous record of 35.03 million set in 2006 and was driven by strong growth in China and India, the airport operator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, said.

Emerging markets like Vietnam, Russia and South Africa also contributed to last year’s record showing, it said. (story)

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