All food facilities in Saudi Arabia required to display calories by year-end

The SFDA is taking all measures to ensure the highest health and hygiene standards in food establishments across the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 07 August 2018
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All food facilities in Saudi Arabia required to display calories by year-end

  • The SFDA is taking all measures to ensure the highest health and hygiene standards in food establishments across KSA
  • The Saudi Food Authority destroyed 778 tons of food not suitable for consumption

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has instructed food facilities to clearly display the ingredients and number of calories in food and beverages by Dec. 31.
This will apply to all food facilities, including restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops, fresh fruit juice shops, bakeries, patisseries, supermarkets, recreation facilities, colleges, universities and government agencies.
Legal procedures will be taken, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, against facilities that violate the new regulation.
The SFDA and the ministry have organized workshops in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, launched awareness campaigns, and published a guide for restaurant and cafe owners on how to calculate calories, and how to reduce them in food and beverages.
The SFDA is taking all measures to ensure the highest health and hygiene standards in food establishments across the Kingdom.
Recently, it concluded a three-month drive during which 2,698 food establishments were inspected.
During the drive, the authority halted the production lines in 75 factories due to violations. It also destroyed 778 tons of food not suitable for consumption, and 43,336 liters of water not suitable for drinking.
The number of food storage establishments and food distribution centers that were inspected during this period has reached 1,789, during which SFDA inspectors seized 15.7 tons of violating food products.


Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking at the IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”