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Shipment of 300,000 eggs from Thailand lands at Changi

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Singapore has managed to ramp up its import of eggs and food items from other countries in the past two days, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said yesterday.

About 70 per cent of eggs here are imported from Malaysia, which imposed a lockdown on Wednesday, leaving some worried about Singapore's egg supply.

Yesterday, a Singapore Airlines cargo plane brought in some 300,000 eggs from Thailand, and Mr Chan was at Changi Airport to receive the "very special cargo".

He said on Facebook that about a quarter of the eggs consumed here are produced locally and a significant number come from Malaysia.

"However, we also have many other source countries which we have identified over the years and are able to activate quickly when the need calls for it," he said.

"This applies not just to eggs but other food products and essential items... These efforts to secure and diversify our food supply have been developed and strengthened through the years."

Singapore also imports eggs from, among others, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Added Mr Chan: "Even though we have a robust plan in place, we do not take it for granted and reassess it regularly." - CLEMENT YONG