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Koh Soo Keong appointed as new Chairman of Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority

Channel NewsAsia
31 March 2008

SINGAPORE: Mr Koh Soo Keong will be taking over as the new Chairman of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) come 1 April.

Currently AVA's Deputy Chairman, Mr Koh will be succeeding the current and founding Chairman Mr Koh Poh Tiong.

Mr Koh Poh Tiong has been AVA's Chairman since April 2000.

He helped to guide the growth and development of AVA and established it as the national authority for food safety.

Under Mr Koh Poh Tiong's leadership, AVA adopted a risk management approach to achieve diversification in food supply sources.

Its food safety management system was also strengthened by the upgrading its professional and diagnostic capabilities.

Mr Koh also helped AVA formulate strategies to enhance the resilience of Singapore's food supply.

Minister for National Development, Mah Bow Tan, said: "I deeply appreciate Mr Koh Poh Tiong's significant contributions, as the first Chairman of AVA, in guiding the development of AVA into a recognised and credible authority on food safety and veterinary services." - CNA/vm

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