A new set of regulations to monitor food sales is to be established by the Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MMRA), in response to health issues within the kingdom.
The programme will give practical solutions and a framework to facilities that sell and distribute food, according to an official statement from the ministry spokesman, Hamad bin Sa’ad Al-Omar.
Employees will be required to obtain health certificates that prove they are free from contagious diseases. In addition, the preparation, manufacturing and marketing of food products will be monitored in line with the health and hygiene standards, which are established by the ministry.
The programme, drafted by the general secretariat of the MMRA, was presented to the directorate for environmental health and food management.
Campaigns will be evaluated and analysed in terms of the impact on retailers, employees and the health of consumers.
Al-Omar says that the drafting of the regulatory programme took into account the opinions and suggestions of the secretariats and 285 municipalities, as well as investors in the food manufacturing and distribution sector.
As previously reported, Saudi Arabia’s food consumption is expected to grow by 4.2 per cent between 2011 and 2015, driven by factors such as rising income levels, population growth, lifestyle shifts and a thriving domestic economy.
The Saudi government has already allocated approximately $15 billion for the agricultural sector this year, for projects and initiatives aimed at meeting demand.
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