The above document contains the existing regulations and is available at the following website: http://www.ava.gov.sg/legislation (select "Sale of Food Act"). The proposed regulations to amend the existing regulations are being drafted, and will be posted at the following website as soon as they are available: http://www.ava.gov.sg/legislation (select "Sale of Food Act").
Singapore would like to notify WTO Members of the following changes to the proposed measures (previously notified via G/SPS/N/SGP/59), taking into consideration feedback and comments received from stakeholders and interested parties:
1. to delete the existing regulation 35 of the Food Regulations and substitute with the following new regulation 35:
35 -(1) Ready-to-eat food shall comply with the microbiological standard specified in Parts I and II of the Eleventh Schedule.
(2) In these Regulations, "ready-to-eat food" means food that is made available for sale for direct human consumption without the need for cooking or any other form of processing to eliminate, or reduce to the standards specified in the Eleventh Schedule, any pathogenic or other micro-organisms of concern in food; and includes concentrated food (e.g. beverages, cup noodles and fruit juice cordials, squashes and syrups) which have to be reconstituted or diluted with fluids before consumption, chilled or frozen cooked products (e.g. chicken wings, pizza and instant meal) which may be re-heated before consumption.
2. to delete the existing Eleventh Schedule and substitute with a new Eleventh Schedule:
MICROBIOLOGICAL STANDARD FOR FOOD
Part I: Enterobacteriaceae and Escherichia coli
Type of Food Enterobacteriaceae count Escherichia coli count
Colony forming unit/ gram Colony forming unit/ gram
Milk powder (including full- <104 <102
cream, half cream, skimmed
milk and infant formula),
pasteurized milk and ice cream
All other ready-to-eat food <104 <102
Part II: Pathogens
Pathogens Colony forming unit /gram
Coagulase-positive Staphylococcus aureus <102
Bacillus cereus <2.0 X 102
Clostridium perfringens <102
Vibrio parahaemolyticus <102 in raw ready-to-eat seafood only Pathogens other than the ones listed in the table above, whether or not commonly associated with the ready-to-eat food, should not be detected in 25 grams of the ready-to-eat food.
 On 4 September 2018, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore notified the WTO SPS Committee of its intention to amend the regulations for microbiological standard for food via G/SPS/N/SGP/59. At the close of the notification period, Singapore received a number of comments. The summary of comments received, together with Singapore's response, can be downloaded from the following portal: