Food Safety: A Joint Responsibility
As consumers, we all expect our food to be safe. However, food can potentially become contaminated through improper practices from the time it is produced to the time it is consumed. The assurance of food safety is a joint responsibility of the government, the food industry and the consumers. All parties have a role to play in ensuring food safety.
Role of the Government
The government is responsible for establishing a framework that promotes the delivery of safe food by the industry, and the provision of adequate information to consumers.
Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is the national authority for food safety in Singapore. To ensure that food sold in Singapore is safe, SFA sets stringent food safety standards that are consistent with international standards. It ensures that up-to-date food legislation is in place, and is properly enforced through inspection and testing programmes. SFA also educates consumers on food-borne hazards and how to keep food safe.
Role of the Food Industry
The food industry is responsible for the safety of the food it offers to the public. Food producers, manufacturers, importers and distributors in Singapore have to maintain high food safety standards by complying with SFA's stringent requirements.
Responsible food industry players adopt good agricultural and manufacturing practices, as well as food safety assurance programmes to ensure that their products are safe and wholesome. Besides educating their employees on food safety, they also educate consumers on the safe use of products, be it raw, semi-processed or ready-to-eat food.
Role of the Consumer
Government authorities can exert regulatory control over the quality and safety of food produced or imported. However, such control is not possible when food is processed and prepared at home. As a consumer, you have direct control over the safety of the food you prepare for yourself and your family. You can begin by equipping yourself with knowledge of food safety risks and safe food practices to avoid these risks. By adopting safe food handling and preparation practices, you can protect both yourself and your family.
Food Safety Public Education Programme
As the national authority for food safety in Singapore, SFA has put in place a comprehensive regulatory regime to ensure that food we eat in Singapore is safe. The assurance of food safety is a joint responsibility between the government, food industry and consumers. All parties have a role to play in ensuring food safety.
Through public education, we hope to equip members of the public with the knowledge of food safety risks and safe food practices so that they can play a part in protecting their own well-being and the well-being of their family.
Food Safety Talks
SFA conducts food safety talks to educate consumers on how simple practices can go a long way in preventing food contamination and food poisoning.
The food safety talk briefly covers the food challenges that Singapore face, the importance of food safety as a joint responsibility and how consumers can adopt and practise the 5 food safety tips at home, in school and while shopping. A short quiz/activity will be conducted at the end of the talk.
The talk can be customised based on the identified target audience and is open to kindergarten, primary, secondary and tertiary school students.
Marine Aquaculture Centre
For Upper Secondary School Students and above, maximum 25 pax
The Marine Aquaculture Centre (MAC), located at St John’s Island, is established by Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to conduct research & development in aquaculture technology. The centre’s research & development (R&D) efforts focuses on intensive hatchery production and fish reproduction techniques to facilitate fish farming production in Singapore. Students visiting MAC can learn more about how MAC’s R&D efforts contribute to Singapore’s food security.
The Learning Journey programme will begin with an introductory presentation on the roles of SFA and MAC, followed by a facility tour to the Live Feeds Production Area (Microalgae, Rotifers), Broodstock Culture Area, and end at the Hatchery Area. Students will learn about the various stages of the aquaculture production chain and understand how R&D efforts across the chain play a part in enabling intensive aquaculture in today’s challenging environment. Students will gain a deeper appreciation on the work and processes involved in culturing food fish to harvest size, from farm to fork.
Food Safety Supermarket Learning Journey
For K2 students only, maximum 20 pax
Food safety begins when we do our shopping. Exercising care in food selection can reduce the risk of food poisoning. Through an interactive food safety trail around the supermarket, students can learn the 5 key tips of food safety.
Applying for a Talk
To apply for a talk, please fill in the online application form.
Applying for a Learning Journey
To apply for a learning journey, please fill in the online application form.