AVA Clarifies on Safety of Imported Vegetables

Contributor Steven Lee noted that a video has been circulating on YouTube regarding the safety of Singapore’s imported vegetables.  

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority has responded to the feedback with the following reply: 

We have become aware of a YouTube video that has been circulating, claiming that Singapore imports 200 tonnes of vegetables containing high levels of pesticide from Cameron Highlands daily. 

Singapore imports vegetables from many countries such as Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. All imported vegetables, including those from Malaysia, are regularly sampled for chemical contaminants such as pesticide residues. Vegetables that fail our inspection and laboratory tests will not be allowed for sale.

In 2015, Singapore imported about 224,800 tonnes of vegetables from Malaysia, of which less than four percent were rejected for presence of pesticide residues exceeding our food safety limits.  The rejected consignments are not allowed for sale and are destroyed.

As a good food safety practice, consumers are advised to wash your vegetables before cooking. 

You can also refer to our website for other useful food safety tips - https://www.ava.gov.sg/docs/default-source/tools-and-resources/public-education/combine_batch4

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