After Malaysian ban, Singaporeans told to buy frozen chicken

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PETALING JAYA: Singapore is preparing to fend off the effects of Malaysia’s chicken export ban, which will cut supplies to the city-state, which gets 34% of its needs from Malaysia.

Chicken importers will increase imports of chilled chicken from alternative sources and from existing non-Malaysian suppliers. They would also be required to draw from their stocks of poultry, Channel News Asia reported, quoting the Singapore Food Agency.

The agency also recommended that Singaporeans buy frozen chicken instead of chilled chicken.

“While there may be temporary disruptions to the supply of chilled chicken, frozen chicken options remain available to mitigate the shortfall,” the agency said, CNA reported.

Consumers should also consider other meat products, and buy only what they need, the agency said.

About 34% of Singapore’s chicken imports in 2021 were from Malaysia, imported as live chicken to be slaughtered and chilled in Singapore, the agency said.

Singapore also gets chicken from Brazil (49%) and the US (12%)

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