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New quality controls for Saudi food and drugs

Authority close to publishing new regulations; three firms fail inspections.

New quality controls for Saudi food and drugs
FOOD RULES: A baby food company was one of three firms that fell foul recently of regulations laid down by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is close to publishing new regulations on the required quality of health products, equipment, cosmetics and foodstuffs in the Kingdom.

Daily newspaper the Saudi Gazette quoted an SFDA official as saying the authority was conducting spot inspections of stores to analyse the quality of products being sold.

In the last 10 days, the SFDA has announced violations by three companies, two potable water companies and one baby food company.

According to the newspaper some of the companies named by the SFDA have announced their intention to sue the authority for defamation that caused financial losses. However, the official said that “people’s health is of paramount importance and we have no other considerations”.

Announcement of the violations, he said, was in the interest of the people. He added the SFDA was ready to face any legal action as it possesses evidence against the establishments.

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