SINGAPORE — Over the past two weeks, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers have foiled attempts to smuggle bak kwa (barbequed pork) and pork floss from Malaysia into Singapore.
In a Facebook post on Thursday (20 January), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) revealed that 169 cartons and 11 packets of unapproved assorted bak kwa, as well as three cartons of pork floss, were seized at land checkpoints.
Meat and meat products can only be imported into Singapore from approved sources, even if it is for personal consumption. No establishments in Malaysia are currently approved to export bak kwa and pork floss into Singapore.
SFA is investigating the illegal imports. "Illegally imported food products are from unknown sources and can pose a food safety risk. Consumers are advised to purchase from established retailers," added the agency.
Offenders who import meat products illegally are liable to a fine not exceeding $50,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
Repeat offenders are liable to a fine not exceeding $100,000 and/or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years.
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