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.


Third annual Misk Global Forum launches with its youngest event yet

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Third annual Misk Global Forum launches with its youngest event yet

RIYADH: The third annual Misk Global Forum opened Wednesday in Riyadh, with opening remarks by the forum’s executive manager, Shaima Hamidaddin.

The two-day event brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together to discuss the future, the challenges it holds and change.

“What does the future look like, in a world where everything is changing?” So began the opening video montage at the third annual Misk Global Forum on Wednesday, with the theme “Skills for Our Tomorrow.”

“We want you to be inspired, not just by our speakers, but by your fellow guests,” said Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s executive manager, in her opening remarks, inviting delegates to a series of skills garages and majlises. She was introduced by Waem Al-Dakheel, the first woman to anchor the main evening news on Saudi TV at the Saudi Broadcast Authority.

Hamidaddin asked for a show of hands from different parts of the world, showing that there were delegates from every continent except Antarctica (and she said the forum would work on that for next year). She then asked for a show of hands for those under the age of 35, pointing out that this is the youngest Misk Global Forum yet, with youth and women on every panel.

Hamidaddin pointed out that through technology, we are already more globally connected than ever before, but urged people to collaborate and interact with the speakers and guests from different cultures at the forum. “We must seize the opportunity for uniquely human collaboration,” she said.