Mon, 27 Jan 2014
SINGAPORE - Local supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice is now offering halal-certified frozen chicken from Thailand.
According to Channel Newsasia, it is the first supermarket to do so since the suspension of poultry imports from Thailand, after widespread outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in Thailand from 2004 to 2008.
Prior to this, FairPrice imported fresh chicken from Malaysia and frozen raw chicken from Brazil.
FairPrice is only able to import poultry from AVA-approved sources.
Earlier in June 2013, AVA lifted the ban on chicken imports from Thailand and approved the import of frozen chicken from selected establishments after thorough checks and inspections.
"Chicken is very popular in Singapore and a versatile source of protein for many dishes. FairPrice is committed to provide more options for our customers while we continue to further diversify our food sources to ensure greater supply stability of daily essentials.
“With AVA's accreditation, customers are assured of a high standard of food quality and safety,” said Mr Tng Ah Yiam, managing director (Group Purchasing, Merchandising and International Trading), NTUC FairPrice.