Food manufacturing is the process by which livestock and agriculture are transformed into food products for consumption. The food manufacturing industry employs more than 48,000 workers in Singapore, and amounts to around $4.3 billion in annual revenue – this is about 1.1% of Singapore’s GDP.
More than half of the food manufactured in Singapore are exported; major exports include alcoholic beverages, milk powder, and chocolate or cocoa products.
Food services is another key component in the value chain. The industry is concerned with the sale of food and beverages for immediate consumption, and players in the industry include restaurants, self-serve chains and kiosks, as well as food courts.
Food manufacturers and companies benefit from proper accreditation and conformity assessments, so as to protect customers and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements at all stages along the value chain.
Good practices, in accordance with international standards, can also facilitate market access and trade. This is because the consistency of conformity assessment results will be recognised across common frameworks.
SAC’s Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) with partners, such as the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), further benefit exporters by minimising checks required at the point of arrival in importing countries. This means a reduced time-to-market for most food products and services. These MRAs can be leveraged by using SAC-accredited CABs, which offer greater credibility.
Proper accreditation improves trust among consumers and also ensures fairness in the industry (e.g. by barring competition that resorts to cheap but unsafe manufacturing methods).
In Singapore, the SAC-accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) fulfill the needs of accreditation and conformity assessment. This is done through biological and chemical testing to detect and analyse any contaminants in food. Tests are also used to accurately determine product shelf lives. In addition, CABs provide certification of food safety management systems (e.g. HACCP) and ISO 22000) and food product types (e.g. Halal certification).
CABs also provide certification and testing in emerging areas of the industry, such as health foods and alternative proteins, to ascertain product quality.
The following SAC accreditation schemes are applicable to the Food Manufacturing & Services industries:
|Calibration & Measurement
Chemical & Biological
Functional Food Testing
|Management Systems Certification Bodies
|Occupational Safety & Health Management System
Business Continuity Managment
Water Efficiency Management System
Environmental Management System
Food Safety Management System
HACCP Management System
Quality Management System
|Proficiency Testing Providers
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