That instant mala hotpot you see all over Facebook/ Instagram is actually illegal

TL;DR – More specifically, not approved by AVA.


I’m pretty sure you would have seen these self-heating mala hotpots on the Internet or heard about it from your friends.


Readily available on sites such as Qoo10 and marketplace app Carousell, these one-dish meals that contain meat were seized by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) as they were not approved for import. They also fined the importers of these hotpots.

In a statement, AVA said that import of such products containing meat was not approved. According to the authority, products that contain meat have to be imported from sources that are compliant with the authority’s standards and requirements. Sources that are not approved could carry animal and food-borne diseases.

via Joneve Trading / Facebook

More importantly, the authority pointed out that an AVA certificate circulating online for instant hotpot products that contain meat is fake. The authority said it did not approve the import of these products.

Anyone who imports food from unapproved sources can be fined up to S$50,000 and/or jailed up to two years or to both for the first conviction. In the second or subsequent conviction, an individual can be fined up to S$100,000 or jailed up to three years or both.

Author: Flora Isabelle Lim

On a constant quest to be a really professional internet person.

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