Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre to close for 3 days after COVID-19 cases detected; 'some' supply disruption expected: SFA

Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre to close for 3 days after COVID-19 cases detected; 'some' supply disruption expected: SFA

26/9/2021 8:32:00 AM

Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre to close for 3 days after COVID-19 cases detected; 'some' supply disruption expected: SFA

Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre will be closed for three days from Monday (Sep 27) after COVID-19 cases were discovered. The temporary closure is expected to cause 'some' disruption to Singapore's fruit and vegetable supply.

SINGAPORE: Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre will be closed for three days from Monday (Sep 27) afternoon for deep cleaning and disinfection after COVID-19 cases were detected among people who worked at and visited the premises, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

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The temporary closure is expected to cause"some" disruption to Singapore's fruit and vegetable supply, said SFA in a media release on Sunday.The centre will close at 3pm on Monday and reopen at 3pm on Sep 30, said SFA."SOME" DISRUPTION TO FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SUPPLY EXPECTED

About 30 per cent and 50 per cent of Singapore's fruit and vegetable imports at handled at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre respectively."While there will be some disruption to fruits and vegetables supply, this will be only for a very short period as fruits and vegetables stalls at wet markets are usually closed on Mondays," said SFA. headtopics.com

The agency said it is working closely with stakeholders, such as fruits and vegetable associations, affected merchants, as well as importers and retailers, to minimise the impact on Singapore's food supply from the temporary closure."Major supermarkets are also making efforts to increase their stocks of fruits and vegetables," said SFA.

Singapore currently imports food from more than 170 regions, they said."To ensure the resilience of our food supply, we have adopted a multi-pronged strategy including import diversification, growing overseas and local production," said SFA.

It added that while there may be temporary disruptions to the supply of food during the pandemic, Singapore's supply of food is stable.Related:Rapidly rising COVID-19 cases putting 'serious strain' on hospitals, action needed: Task forceDON'T RUSH OUT TO BUY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: GRACE FU

Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu on Sunday urged people not to rush out to buy fruits and vegetables during this period."Please buy only what you need so that there is ample supply for everyone," she said in a Facebook post. headtopics.com

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SFA also reminded members of the public to observe safe management measures and maintain good personal hygiene when visiting places such as wet markets, hawker centres and coffee shops.The agency will enhance safe management measures at the centre before it reopens on Sep 30.

"We are also increasing the frequency of testing for all persons working at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, from a 14-day regime to a seven-day regime," said SFA. Read more: CNA »

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This is now clear: it is not the so-called imported cases which bring covid to Singapore. It is the imported food and goods. So reopen the borders fully, with pcr tests. Quarantines are useless when you have 5 imported cases a day vs 1500 local cases a day.