SFDA launches strategic plan for healthy food in Saudi Arabia

A “signal light” system of green, yellow and red will be used on products to indicate the amount of sugar, salt and fat. (SPA)
Updated 02 October 2017
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SFDA launches strategic plan for healthy food in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) has launched a strategic plan for healthy food in the Kingdom, which involves determining allowable rates of sugar, salt and saturated fat in processed food.
SFDA CEO Hisham Al-Ghaie said a specialized scientific team has been assigned to review research, global experiences, and recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Health Ministry.
“We look forward to working with strategic partners from ministries and the private sector,” he added.
The plan focuses on key aspects that studies have shown to have a significant impact on public health.
It will include reducing sugar and salt in food; adding sugar to nutritional data on labels; reducing the use of hydrogenated fats in the food industry; fortifying food with vitamins and minerals; and requiring restaurants and cafes to show how many calories are in their meals and drinks.
A “signal light” system of green, yellow and red will be used on products to indicate the amount of sugar, salt and fat.
The plan will also involve awareness campaigns and nutrition counseling on safe and healthy food.


DiplomaticQuarter: British consulate in Jeddah marks Queen’s birthday

Foreign Ministry official Jamal Balkhaior joins British Ambassador Simon Collis and Consul General Barrie Peach to cut the cake in Jeddah on Monday. (AN photo)
Updated 26 April 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: British consulate in Jeddah marks Queen’s birthday

  • The theme of the evening was 'Women in society'
  • Ot is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia this year was also very important for women as many important developments have accrued thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Collis

JEDDAH: The 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated at the British Consulate on Monday.

The theme of the evening was “Women in society” as the UK was also celebrating the 100th anniversary of women being given the right to vote. Also on Monday, a son was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

The celebration included the attendance of a number of the diplomatic corps, including the head of Makkah branch of the Foreign Ministry, Jamal Balkhaior. 

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Simon Collis, and the consul general of Britain in Jeddah, Barrie Peach, delivered a welcoming speech to the guests.

Collis said: “This year in most British councils and embassies around the world we celebrate under the theme ‘Women in Society,’ and it is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia this year was also very important for women as many important developments have accrued thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

“We are waiting for women to be able to drive,” said Collis, “but what is more important is the growing opportunity of employing Saudi women in different sectors, and I am glad to say that the British government is providing support in this crucial work as we in Britain consider the Vision 2030 a new historical stage.”

Peach told Arab News: “This year has been a very important one in the bilateral relationship between our two Kingdoms as we recently had the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK, where he met the Queen.”

“We signed a strategic partnership with the Kingdom which will see the establishment of a strategic partnership council which essentially says that the UK is very happy and willing to support Saudi Arabia as it seeks to implement all aspects of Vision 2030, and we have a whole range of projects that seek to help Saudi Arabia as you build capacity in a whole range of sectors,” he added.