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Saudi restaurants required to disclose origin of meat

Official circular has been distributed to all municipalities in KSA, asking restaurant owners to observe the new regulation

Saudi restaurants required to disclose origin of meat

Restaurants in Saudi Arabia will now be required to clearly display the type and origin of meat being served, as a result of new rules passed by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

According to Arab News, an official circular has been distributed to all municipalities in KSA, asking restaurant owners to observe the new regulation.

Ministry spokesman, Hamad Al Omar said, “The move comes within the framework of the ministry’s keenness to pay attention to the health of citizens and residents.”

Al Omar added, “Those who violate it will face the relevant sanctions.”

Robin Derrick 3 years ago

For a start, lets get it right for once. It should not be the job of restaurant owners to prove the origin of their meat. IT IS THE DUTY OF THE MUNICIPALITY to ensure that meat sold on the market, is legal, Halal and from authorised distributors, certified by the Municipality authorities. Again it is pointless and not professional to expect restaurant owners to prove the source of their meat. It will never succeed or be truthful.

Alwassia 3 years ago

Sorry, but your point is not very customer orientated. There is a big differerece what type of meat and where it comes from. And yes restaurants should announce where they source the meat from. I as a customer would like to know!

Ed Levindofske 3 years ago

Robin I do not agree, The Saudi FTA ensures that meat coming into the kingdom meets Halal standards and is procured from authorized distributors.

The problem is the grocery stores. And restaurants are never truthful about the country of origin or the grade of beef. Many times I've seen something labeled Australian AAA on the signage in the case yet the stamp on the beef clearly shows a much lower grade. I have also question many times why the signage on the beef steaks one country yet the stamp shows another.

Many restaurants claim local lamb or Mutton when this product is clearly from India or Pakistan. Again I have been to restaurants that claim beef from Australia or Canada yet it is Buffalo or Pakistani or even Brazilian All are easy to spot by the lack of marbelling.