No Nestlé horsemeat products in KSA: SFDA

Updated 22 February 2013
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No Nestlé horsemeat products in KSA: SFDA

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has confirmed that products containing horsemeat produced by Nestlé, the global food company, was not supplied to Saudi Arabia.
An official SFDA source said the Kingdom was not supplied with Nestlé's pasta and pastry products containing horsemeat. These products have been found in other Arab countries.
The source said that Nestlé informed the SFDA that these products were not sent to Saudi Arabia. This official confirmation came after the SFDA investigated Nestlé's products on local supermarket shelves.
"Nestlé assured us that there are no products proven to contain horsemeat on the Saudi market. The shipments of these products went to other countries, not Saudi Arabia," the SFDA source was quoted as saying yesterday in Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper.
"We have worked with the parent company and the agent in Saudi Arabia to identify the products on the Saudi market that have been proven to contain a proportion of horsemeat. If we had found such products, the company and the agent would have been obligated to withdraw these products from the market."
The source stressed there was no proof so far of any imported products containing horsemeat in Saudi Arabia that arrived via the ports. He said SFDA tests conducted over the last few days on product samples at the country's ports, and from local shops and supermarkets, have found no traces of horsemeat. He added that the SFDA has now compiled a list of companies and products involved in the scandal. This is to prevent these products from entering the country. The horsemeat scandal erupted in Europe last month. Nestlé, one of the world's largest food companies, withdrew spaghetti meals with meat from stores in Italy and Spain after discovering horsemeat in them.
The Swiss company initially said last week that their products were not affected by the growing scandal, but after a series of tests, traces of horse DNA were discovered in one percent of its products.
Meanwhile, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) announced that it found some frozen products containing horsemeat, which were labeled as cow meat. CAFIA said that DNA tests showed that two batches of lasagna meals with minced meat, made by frozen food processor Tavola S. A. Comigel and sold at a Tesco store in the western city of Plzen, contained horsemeat.


Tesco was ordered to recall the products, according to reports.


KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

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KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

  • The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
  • The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will be one of the most attractive countries for tourism because of its location, its unique tourist and historic elements and its hospitable and welcoming people, said Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Prince Sultan, who is president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), told the annual conference of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires that the efforts of the SCTH and its partners in localizing tourist jobs resulted in an increase in the number of direct jobs in the tourism sector from 936,000 in 2016 to 993,000 by the end of 2017. The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
He said the contributions of tourism to the national GDP amounted to 3.6 percent, up to 4.9 percent of the national non-oil output, and the revenues of the tourism sector reached SR97.5 billion ($26 billion). Direct jobs in the tourism sector exceeded 994,000, and the proportion of Saudi citizens currently employed in the sector is about 28 percent.
The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program, which takes care of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom’s regions, the creation of 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors throughout the Kingdom, the restoration and preparation of 18 villages and traditional towns to receive visitors, and hosting economic and local hospitality activities operated by local people, as well as opening 17 centers for artisans that serve as incubators for the development of their businesses, factories for their production, and outlets for sale.
Prince Sultan also noted that after the SCTH completed the registration of the first four sites on the World Heritage List (Madain Saleh, Al-Tarif district in Jeddah, historic Jeddah, rock inscriptions in Jubba and Shuweis in Hail), it has been working with its partners to complete the registration files of six additional sites. Also, 20 additional important Islamic sites are being rehabilitated and prepared in Makkah and Madinah.
The conference was attended by more than 1,200 prominent investors and key corporate officials in tourism.
The WTTC is the largest gathering of investors and private sector professionals working in tourism around the world.