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SFDA, Polish Veterinary Inspectorate ٍDiscuss Enhancing Product Safety and Facilitating Procedures

2023-10-14

The CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), Dr. Hisham bin Saad Aljadhey, has recently met with a delegation from the Veterinary Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The meeting was attended by the Commercial Attaché at the Kingdom's Embassy in Germany, Sulaiman Al-Humaidan, the Executive Vice President of the Operations Sector, Sami Al-Saqr, and the Executive Vice President of the Food Sector, Dr. Mohammed Al-Nasser.

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CEO of SFDA Meets with Directors of Germany’s BfR and BVL

2023-10-12

The CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), Dr. Hisham bin Saad Aljadhey, met today with the director of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Andreas Hensel.
During the meeting, the two officials discussed a joint action plan between the SFDA and the German institute and the activities and tasks of each agency.
The SFDA delegation also met with the director of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), Friedel Cramer.

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Conclusion of Codex Coordinating Committee for Near East Meeting in Rome

2023-09-24

The eleventh meeting of the Codex Coordinating Committee for the Near East (CCNE11), held at FAO headquarters on 18-22 September 2023, in Rome and chaired by Saudi Arabia, represented by the SFDA, has issued a number of recommendations, most notably Saudi Arabia's assuming the presidency of two electronic working groups and stressing the importance of sharing the SFDA’s experience in Healthy Food Strategy (HFS) with the member states.

 

 

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Saudi Arabia Hosts Codex Coordinating Committee for Near East (CCNE11) Meeting in Rome

2023-09-18

The Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) hosts the eleventh meeting of the Codex Coordinating Committee for the Near East (CCNE) on 18–22 September 2023, at FAO headquarters in Rome.

During the meeting, SFDA will review the leading experience of Saudi Arabia with the Healthy Food Strategy (HFS) as a key topic aiming to discuss the opportunities for strengthening the role of regional countries in the transformation towards healthy and sustainable food systems.

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Question

Are there scientific studies published by the SFDA related to risk analysis and how to find it?


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There are many Published studies. In addition, SFDA have approved scientific papers internally this year. Currently, they are under publishing process in different journals. In addition to one published scientific paper entitled “The occurrence and dietary intake related to the presence of microplastics in drinking water in Saudi Arabia”, It can be found here  DOI: 10.1007/s10661-021-09132-9


Question

How can I find out about the countries and products that are banned in the Kingdom?


Answer

Through the SFDA’s official website by visiting the following link: https://www.sfda.gov.sa/ar/decisions


Question

How to know the permitted amount of partially hydrogenated fats in some food products?


Answer

The technical regulation SFDA.FD 2483 “Trans Fatty Acids” has prohibited the use of partially hydrogenated fats in the food industry.


Question

Is it allowed to add food ingredients to Honey?


Answer

The Technical Regulation SFDA.FD 147 “Honey” stated that adding food ingredients to honey is prohibited.


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Is it possible to remove the nutritional facts on the food product label (a product with only one ingredient)?


Answer

The Saudi Technical Regulation SFDA.FD/GSO 2233 “Requirements of nutritional labeling” stated in Item No. 5/2/1 that “food products consisting of one food ingredient such as rice, tea, coffee or sugar” are excluded from the application of the regulation.


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What are the requirements of food product packaging?


Answer

The following technical regulations and standards are related to food product packaging: SFDA.FD/GSO 839 “Food Packages - Part 1: General Requirements”. SFDA.FD/GSO 1863 “Food packages - Part 2: ‎Plastic package - General ‎requirements”.


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