$8,000 fine for man who illegally imported meat and seafood products from China to sell online

A man was fined $8,000 on Wednesday (July 6) for the illegal import of seafood, meat and processed food products from China.

Singaporean Lui Whatt Beng, the sole proprietor of Lui Fammart, had imported the food items and sold them online.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said officers seized approximately 21kg of seafood and meat products along with over 240kg of processed food such as beancurd, instant noodle sauces during an operation in November 2021.

"In Singapore, food imports must meet SFA’s requirements," reminded the authorities.

"Food can only be imported by licensed importers, and every consignment must be declared and accompanied with a valid import permit. Illegally imported food products are of unknown sources and poses food safety risk."

Offenders who illegally import meat or fish products may face a fine of up to $50,000 and/or up to two years in jail. Those who illegally import processed food may face a fine of up to $1,000.

Members of the public who come across the sale of illegal food products online are advised not to patronise such platforms and provide feedback via SFA's online feedback form or to call SFA's Contact Centre at 6805 2871 with details for follow-up investigations.

The Straits Times

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