Safe Livestock from Poultry Farms

Poultry can be defined as domestic fowls, including chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks, raised for the production of meat or eggs. This word is also used for the flesh of these birds used as food for our daily human consumptions.

Poultry farming refers specifically to the breeding, raising, and slaughtering of chickens to collect their eggs or harvest their meat. Layer hens are the female chickens who spend their entire lives laying eggs for commercial purposes. The operation collects the eggs and packages them for supermarkets and restaurants all over the world.

Broiler chickens are chickens raised for meat. They’re part of the poultry farming operation that allows eggs to be fertilized to increase production. However, the chicks who come out of these eggs aren’t raised by their mothers but instead incubated before being hatched and moved to mass housing.

Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) are conducting inspection checks for live poultry coming through the Tuas Checkpoint. They also do similar checks at 14 local chicken and duck slaughterhouses. Some 14,000 samples from the local poultry slaughterhouses had been sent to AVA's laboratories to test for bird flu, salmonella, and other diseases.

AVA also inspects frozen and chilled meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and high-risk food like infant milk formula besides live animals like pigs and poultry.They have conducted over thousands of inspections and sampling of local farms, while rigid inspections were done on food factories also.

AVA will cull the infected animals in the event of a disease outbreak in the local farms, if it was affected by a salmonella virus outbreak. Local poultry farms are bird-proofed to prevent contact between wild birds that may carry viruses and the domesticated birds.

To keep periodic concerns like bird flu at bay, the AVA has been assisting their Indonesian counterparts in controlling and managing bird flu outbreaks in Batam and Bintan since 2006.

Countries that wish to export livestock, meat, and eggs to Singapore must first be accredited by the AVA. The AVA also works closely with the local authorities in exporting countries to ensure food safety at the source. This has led to the set-up of several disease-free animal farming zones in Indonesia, Malaysia and China.