October 24, 2019
Singapore imports 4.6 million eggs from Ukraine since June 2019
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said about 4.6 million eggs have been imported from Ukraine since June, after Ukraine was accredited as a source for eggs in December 2018, reported The Straits Times.
Apart from Ukraine, Singapore has certified eggs from the following countries as safe for import: Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
SFA works closely with the industry to expand import sources in an effort to safeguard against possible food disruptions and price instability, related to the agency's strategy to strengthen Singapore's food security.
Malaysia is the biggest exporter of eggs to Singapore, accounting for 73% of Singapore's eggs. 26% come from Singapore farms and 1% from other countries.
Elson Tan, manager of Lam Leng Trading Co said eggs were sourced from Ukraine as its distance from Singapore means it's less likely to be affected by regional problems like a disease or natural disaster.
In addition, price is a major consideration. 10 brown Ukraine eggs retail for S$2 (US$1.47). It costs the same as brown eggs imported from Malaysia.
Aloysius Lee, manager of Kai Young Huat Trading, cited Ukraine's cheaper eggs was due to the country producing its own poultry feed. His company has imported over two million eggs from Ukraine since June 2019.
Ng Kong Guan, managing director Green-tech Egg Industries said his company's usual sources will thin for sure because they are able to source eggs elsewhere. The company has imported one million eggs from Ukraine since end-September 2019.
- The Straits Times