June 8, 2021

Singapore's meat supply still stable following JBS cyber attack


Singapore's meat supply remains stable following disruptions in the United States, said the Singapore Food Agency on June 2.


Brazilian food giant JBS suffered a cyber attack on May 30, forcing it to shut down all of its beef plants in the US - accounting for almost a quarter of US supplies - and resulting in slow pork and poultry production. Slaughtering operations across Australia were halted and at least one Canadian plant was idled.


In response to a query from The Straits Times, the SFA said that should there be a disruption to food supply from any country, "we will work with our importers to tap on alternative sources and ensure that our food supply remains stable".


Data from the agency showed that the US is one of Singapore's top three sources of fresh and frozen beef and chicken last year.


The other main sources of beef for Singapore last year were Brazil (55%) and Australia (27%). The rest was split among 11 countries, including New Zealand and Japan.


Singapore's other main sources for chicken were Brazil (49%) and Malaysia (33%), with the rest from 12 countries including Argentina and Thailand.


As for pork, the main countries from which Singapore imported the meat were Brazil (38%), Indonesia (19%) and Australia (9%). The rest was from 18 countries such as the Netherlands and Spain.


- The Straits Times