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COVID-19 spike forces Singapore to close major seafood port by Toan Dao July 21,2021   |  Source: SeafoodSource

Singapore has announced the temporary closure of its primary seafood import hub, the Jurong Fishery Port (JFP), due to a COVID-19 cluster, forcing the city-state to switch to alternative supply routes to meet local demand.

About 30 percent of Singapore’s seafood imports is made through the port.

An announcement from Singapore’s Ministry of Health on 17 July said JFP would be closed for two weeks until 31 July for deep-cleaning activities, after seven individuals who worked at the port tested positive for COVID-19.

But with the COVID-19 cluster spreading from JFP to Hong Lim Market and with suspected transmission to other markets, Singapore’s Health Ministry and its National Environment Agency are conducting a joint operation to test all fishmongers working across the island nation.

Seafood imports have been redirected to various alternatives routes, while supermarkets and other suppliers have been asked to increase their supply of seafood products during the closure of JFP. To further ensure a stable supply of seafood, operations at another port, the Senoko Fishery Port (SFP), can continue but entry rules will be tightened and strict safe management measures will be applied, according to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

In a 19 July press release, the SFA

 

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