Saudi restaurants to display calories on menus

Regulation from Saudi Food and Drug authority came into force on January 1, 2019
Saudi restaurants to display calories on menus
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By Shayan Shakeel
Wed 02 Jan 2019 11:19 AM

Restaurants in Saudi Arabia all have to display the calorie content of each item on their menus, following a new directive from the country's food authority. 

Launched on January 1 by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Consumer Protection Association, the Saudi Press Agency reports that the initiative is meant to create awareness about the nutritional value of meals.

The SFDA requires content information on menus to include information on calories, protein, vitamins, minerals, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, total sugar and added sugar.

Saudi Arabia ranks 21st in the world on the list of countries with the highest BMI globally, according to a US Food and Drug Administration report, and has the world’s third highest incidence of cancer caused by obesity, based on a 2018 report written by authors from the American Cancer Society.

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