SFDA to allow import of non-infected animal innards

Updated 01 March 2016
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SFDA to allow import of non-infected animal innards

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) recently announced they would allow the import of animal innards including cow, buffalo, sheep, lamb, deer and Bactrian camels, from countries and regions free of foot-and-mouth disease, either immunized or not, according to a number of conditions.
According to a statement by SFDA published in local media in the country, the decision to allow the innards of animals came after the approval of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, on condition that the imports be shipped into the Kingdom in separate containers from the other kinds of meats, and after authorities have briefings on the requirements governing the importation of innards from the countries previously infected with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
SFDA also conditioned that a veterinary certificate be attached with the shipment issued by the competent authorities stating that the animal innards come from animals raised in countries free of FMD since birth.
The requirements also include that the innards come from animals slaughtered in licensed slaughterhouses.
The food watchdog authority will not allow the importation of animal innards from countries with these diseases even with the existence of an official program for prevention and mandatory immunization against the disease.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.