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Hungary now Singapore's main goose source

Published on Jan 20, 2014 7:40 AM
 
Dian Xiao Er's duck chef Li Xue Liang, 27, removes the herbal roasted ducks from the over and displays them at the shop window. If you regularly order goose at Chinese restaurants, you may have noticed a difference in the way it tastes these days. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN 

If you regularly order goose at Chinese restaurants, you may have noticed a difference in the way it tastes these days.

One reason is that the bulk of Singapore's frozen goose now comes from Hungary, after Taiwan was banned as a source because of bird flu.

Taiwan was the biggest source of the delicacy in 2009, when imports from there made up 55 per cent of all frozen geese brought here. But imports were suspended in March 2011 due to "detection of Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) H5N2", said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA). Subsequent outbreaks there mean that the ban has not been lifted, the AVA added.

This has forced importers and restaurants here to look to Hungary.

 
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