The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) posted on their Facebook about illegal imports of Bak Kwa and pork floss being stopped from entering Singapore by officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
Here is ICA’s statement:
“Looking to get your favourite bak kwa (Chinese sweet meat jerky) from overseas this CNY? Check that it’s allowed before purchasing! Meat and meat products such as bak kwa and pork floss can only be imported from approved sources. (Yes, even if it is for personal consumption)
Over the past two weeks, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the land checkpoints have foiled attempts to illegally import a total of 169 cartons and 11 packets of unapproved assorted bak kwa, and 3 cartons of pork floss from Malaysia. Thus far, there are no establishments in Malaysia approved to export bak kwa and pork floss into Singapore. SFA is investigating these 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. When in doubt, ask for more information from the supplier about the source before purchase.
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, and in the case of a subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $100,000 and/or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years.
Safeguarding Singapore’s borders remains top priority for ICA. ICA will continue to conduct security checks to detect and deter illegal importation attempts so as to keep Singapore safe.”