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Import of roast meat from Hong Kong may be allowed

Import of roast meat from Hong Kong may be allowed

Roast duck and goose on display at a restaurant in Hong Kong. (Photo: Richard Allaway)

Travellers may soon be able to bring roast meat products from Hong Kong into Singapore, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said on Monday (Dec 3).

In a Facebook post, Mr Chee said that the Pro-Enterprise Panel and Singapore's Mission in Hong Kong are working with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) to review the current import restriction of meat products - like roast goose - into Singapore.

"We hope that Singaporeans will soon be able to bring some of these products back home to enjoy with their friends and family," said Mr Chee, who added that he is in Hong Kong for a work trip.

Currently, there are only 14 countries from which poultry products can be brought into Singapore: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States.

All forms of meat products from Hong Kong are not allowed.

Should the restriction be lifted, Singaporeans will be able to bring up to 5kg of meat products back from Hong Kong for personal consumption.

"This review is part of the broader ongoing effort by the Pro-Enterprise Panel and regulatory agencies across the public service to ensure that our rules and regulations are agile and pro-business," said Mr Eugene Toh, director of the Pro-Enterprise Division in the Trade and Industry Ministry.

A list of countries from which food products are allowed can be found on AVA's website.

Additional reporting by Cheryl Lin.

Source: CNA/nh(hm)

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