Singapore's poultry, egg supply unaffected by Kelantan bird flu outbreak: AVA

An AVA inspector conducting an inspection on live poultry being brought into Singapore at the Tuas checkpoint.
An AVA inspector conducting an inspection on live poultry being brought into Singapore at the Tuas checkpoint. PHOTO: AGRI-FOOD AND VETERINARY AUTHORITY
AVA inspectors conducting an inspection on live poultry being brought into Singapore at the Tuas checkpoint.
AVA inspectors conducting an inspection on live poultry being brought into Singapore at the Tuas checkpoint.PHOTO: AGRI-FOOD AND VETERINARY AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - The H5N1 bird flu outbreak in a village in the Malaysian state of Kelantan has not affected Singapore's poultry and egg supply, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) on Thursday (March 9).

The outbreak was reported on Wednesday, although Malaysian authorities said on Thursday that it has been contained. 

According to the AVA, Singapore only permits poultry and eggs from disease-free zones in five Malaysian states - Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Perak.

Additionally, AVA said that as of Thursday morning, it had stepped up surveillance and inspections at the points where poultry enters Singapore. It added that the number of inspecting officers has been increased from two to three.

 

Poultry typically undergo documentary and physical checks at the Singapore border.

AVA also said it has alerted Singapore's three poultry farms to step up their security measures. Increased measures include discouraging non-essential visitors into the farms, and not allowing other birds and eggs inside.

These measures will remain in place while AVA continues to monitor the situation.

Singapore imports 35 per cent of its chickens, 93 per cent of its ducks and 76 per cent of its eggs from Malaysia.