In brief

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has announced that the Food (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will make changes to the existing Food Regulations, to allow the use of Pathogen Reduction Treatments (PRTs) on meat. The amendments will come into operation on 31 July 2022.

Recommended actions

Food business operators should be aware of the requirements for the use of PRTs and exercise care in adhering to the guidelines set out in the Seventeenth Schedule of the amended Food Regulations.

It should also be noted that PRTs are not to be used as a replacement for proper hygiene practices.

In more detail

The Food (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will amend the Food Regulations to allow the use of PRTs on meat by inserting a new regulation 27A which sets out the requirements for the use, manufacture, importation, selling, advertisement, consignment and delivery of meat containing PRTs.

PRT refers to any antimicrobial substance that when applied on food, reduces the food’s microbial load. The SFA has also provided that PRTs are generally used in the form of a rinse, dip, spray or wash on carcasses and meat cuts at various points in the slaughterhouse or meat cutting plant.

From 31 July 2022, the SFA will allow the application of certain PRTs listed in the new Seventeenth Schedule of the Food Regulations on meat. The Seventeenth Schedule sets out the permitted PRTs and their maximum permitted levels for the types of meat listed. This applies to both imported meat as well as meat produced by SFA-licensed meat deboning and cutting plants, and slaughterhouses.

Establishments using PRTs are required to maintain proper records of PRT usage and keep the records for at least six months after the date of use.

The SFA’s circular may be found here.