12 Jan '11, 3pm

AVA: Food-safety certification to be made compulsory: ONLY 81 companies here have a coveted food-safety certific...

ONLY 81 companies here have a coveted food-safety certification since it was launched here six years ago. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) wants more firms in the food industry - from caterers to suppliers and importers numbering hundreds - to earn that globally recognised Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification. Launched here in 2005, the certification, first developed in the 1960s in the United States, is currently not made mandatory here. It requires food companies to analyse hazards, such as biological contaminants, toxins and glass fragments, and implement measures to ensure food safety. The push to improve such safety was mentioned by Mr Leslie Phua, deputy director of the Veterinary Public Health Laboratory Division at the AVA, in a talk to experts and industry players at Nanyang Polytechnic on Monday. In an address, he said the ...

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