Before checking the general classification of food products, traders and manufacturers of
food-health products need to determine which competent authority regulates their products.
Food-health products could fall under the regulation of either:
- Singapore Food Agency (SFA), or
- Health Sciences Authority (HSA).
The import and sale of food and supplements of food nature are governed by the Sale of Food
Act and the Food Regulations under SFA.
Importers must ensure that their products comply with SFA’s regulations
Meanwhile, medicinal and other health-related products are regulated under HSA’s
regulations. Some products include western medicinal products, Chinese proprietary medicines
and cosmetic products.
In general, food-health products are regulated by SFA if they are taken as:
- part of a daily diet, or
- supplementation to a diet, with no defined dosage.
The classification of food-health products may depend on various factors, please see Classification Tree for Products in the Food-Health Product Interface for more information and product
Do note that this tree serves only as a guide. Please seek confirmation with the respective
Authority on your product’s classification.
General Classification of Food & Food Products
Specific conditions and requirements apply when importing and exporting food and food
Food businesses, traders, consumers and travellers are advised to check SFA’s
classification below to identify the relevant specific conditions and requirements to
If your product does not fall under any of these categories, please refer to the Conditions related to Novel Food.
|Whole carcasses or parts of any animal or bird*.
These can be chilled, frozen, processed or in canned form. These include
products that contain more than 5% meat content, and include
animal oil and fat.
Some examples of processed meat products include: beef rendang, pizza, bak kwa.
|Product codes for Meat and meat products
|Any of the following varieties of marine, brackish water or fresh water:
- crustacean (e.g. crabs, lobsters, prawns, etc)
- molluscs (e.g squids, octopus, cuttlefish, etc)
- marine sponges
- trepang or marine invertebrates (e.g. sea cucumber)
- any other form of aquatic life including their young and eggs
These can be live, chilled, frozen, processed or in canned form.
Excluded: Ornamental varieties of fishes
Product codes for Fish and Fish Products
Fruits and Vegetables
Raw and unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
Some examples include raw (fresh) ginseng, fresh durians.
Excluded: Fruits and vegetables which have undergone some processing such as
cutting, peeling, canning and freezing. These are regulated as processed
Product codes for fresh fruits and vegetables
Product codes for table eggs
- salted and preserved eggs
- liquid and powdered egg
- cooked eggs (e.g. hard-boiled eggs and omelette)
|Product codes for processed eggs
|All food products and supplements of food nature that are not grouped as meat
products, fish products or fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.
Some examples include:
- mineral water
- infant formula
- milk and milk products such as cheese, milk powder and yoghurt
- cooking oil
Product codes for processed food
Any item that is meant to come into contact with food and beverages and does not
require electricity to function.
Food ware such as:
- water bottles
Food utensils such as:
Product Codes for Food Appliances
* Traders who intend to import Live Poultry into
Singapore, please refer to the page 'Import, Export & Transshipment of Live Poultry &
Livestock' for the relevant import requirements and procedures.
Overseas Establishments wishing to seek approval from SFA to export
Live Poultry to Singapore, please refer to the sub-section 'Live Poultry' for the relevant accreditation requirements and