b'REGULATING FOOD SAFETYSFA uses science and data analysis to assess the level of food safety risks posed along the farm-to-fork supply chain. Based on this assessment, appropriate risk management measures are implemented in our regulatory regime to reduce and mitigate foodborne risks. Sucharegulatoryregimeinvolvesthesettingof internationallyorregionallyalignedstandards,andthe establishment of controls at critical nodes of the food supply chain. Besides regulatory levers such as licensing, inspection,andenforcement,wealsoputinplace anticipatory and response mechanisms to manage food safety incidents.In addition to safeguarding the well-being of Singaporeans,Developing a regulatory framework for novel foodacomprehensiveandeffectivefoodsafetyregulatorySFA implemented a new regulatory framework for novel regimeisfundamentaltoSingaporesglobalreputationfood during the FY - companies that intend to sell novel as a trusted brand for food safety. This in turn promotesfoodwerenowrequiredtoseekSFAsapprovaland internationalacceptanceoffoodstandards,foodundergo a scientific pre-market assessment. A guidance exports, and sustainable urban food solutions developeddocumentwasprovidedtohelpindustrymembers by Singapore. betterunderstandSFAsrequirementsregardingsafety assessments, as well as the application process of novel Setting national standards foods. SFA keeps abreast of developments in standard-settingAsnovelfoodisanevolvingarea,thedocumentwill andrepresentsSingaporeatregionalandinternationalbeperiodicallyupdatedandrevised.SFAalsoformally platforms. We coordinate and formulate national positionsappointed an expert working group in March 2020 to for food-related issues discussed at the Codex Alimentariusprovide scientific advice on food safety. Chaired by SFA Commission, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE),Board member and Duke-NUS Professor John Lim, the and International Plant Protection Convention.expert working group comprises a multidisciplinary team SFAsfoodsafetyregulatoryrequirementsareof specialists from the National University of Singapore, benchmarked against Codex Alimentarius CommissionsNanyangTechnologicalUniversitySingapore,A*STAR, standards, guidelines, and recommendations to facilitateHealth Promotion Board, and Ministry of Health.internationalfoodtradewhileprotectingpublichealth. InFY2019,the42 nd Codex AlimentariusCommission adopted 10 new and revised standards, which SFA will take into consideration as part of our regular reviews of SFAs Food Regulations.In addition to these international forums, SFA participates invarious ASEANworkinggroupsunderthe ASEAN EconomicMinistersMeeting(AEM)andASEAN Ministers Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), to promulgate ASEAN safety standards for the food and agriculture sector.TakingglobalstandardsandSingaporesneedsinto consideration,SFAconsistentlyreviewsitslegislations and regulations to ensure they are effective and efficient. Anup-to-dateregulatoryregimealsoenablesusto facilitate imports and perform our enforcement duties as the national guardian of food safety.SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCYANNUAL REPORT 2019/20 33'