Singapore Food Standards Regulatory Body lays down New Guidelines

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With an increasing number of consumers seeking healthier food alternatives, food companies in Singapore are now focusing on producing foods that cater to the rising demand for products with more nutritional benefits.

Thanks to a new technical food reference guide launched in the country on June 29, 2017, local food manufacturers will now be able to produce products that comply with the health and nutrition requirements set down by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore.

Food Reference Guide Offers Recommendations to Manufacturing Companies

The food reference guide, called TR 58, offers recommendations with regard to procedures and processes for companies to follow in order to achieve the required amount of nutrients as laid down by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority. The document will also help them label products with the correct nutrition claims. The AVA has, as of now, approved a total of 146 common food claims, which include nutrition claims such as sugar free, low in calories, or reduced sodium intake.

Singapore’s food standards regulatory board – the Singapore Manufacturing Federation Standards Development Organisation, in association with the AVA and SPRING Singapore, launched the technical food reference.

Document Allows Small and Medium Food Companies to be Competitive

This document is an industry first in the country and encourages as well as allows food companies, both small and medium, to stay ahead in the game. By empowering them with the ability to manufacture nutritious food products on a commercial level, the reference guide enables cost as well as time saving and helps companies release new and healthy products in the market.

The set of guidelines released on Thursday is in compliance with food standards set by international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. The guidelines also are in line with the current framework established by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.

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