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COMPANY FINED $5,000 FOR ILLEGALLY IMPORTING 250 KG OF VEGETABLES

According to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), a company and it’s director was each fined $5,000 after illegally importing vegetables into Singapore.

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Here is what SFA said:

Topstar Trading Pte Ltd, an importer of vegetables and processed food products, was fined $5000 by the Court today for illegally importing fresh vegetables for sale. Its Director, Tiong Lee Chian, was also fined $5000 for failing to prevent the offence from being committed.

On 23 March 2021, SFA officers detected approximately 250kg of undeclared and under-declared fresh vegetables in the consignments imported from Malaysia by the importer.

In Singapore, food imports must meet SFA’s requirements. Fruits and vegetables can only be imported by licensed importers, and every consignment must be declared and accompanied with a valid import permit. Illegally imported vegetables are of unknown sources and can pose a food safety risk (e.g. if unregulated or high level of pesticides are used).

Offenders who illegally import fresh fruits and vegetables shall be liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years.

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