2 trucks checked at Woodlands Checkpoint found illegally importing 1.1 tonnes of veggies and fruits

Two trucks checked at Woodlands Checkpoint were found be illegally importing from Malaysia about 1.1 tonnes of vegetables and fruits.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) were conducting a joint operation targeting delivery trucks which typically transport fresh and processed vegetables and fruits intended for direct distribution to retailers and customers on Nov 14 and 15.

ICA officers at Woodlands Checkpoint noticed discrepancies in the consignment transported by two trucks and referred them to SFA for further checks.

SFA found approximately 1.1 tonnes of undeclared and under-declared produce such as bayam, kailan, caixin, mango, pineapple, xiao baicai, Japanese cucumber and brinjal imported by two importers.

All illegally imported vegetables and fruits were seized.

SFA is following up with further investigations.

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 produce is of unknown sources and can pose a food safety risk.

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.

Offenders who illegally import processed fruits and vegetables shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and in the case of a subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $2,000.