Category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Food exporting countries urged to heed Halal norms

| 16/02/2012 | 2 Replies
Saudi Arabia: Food exporting countries urged to heed Halal norms

The First International Conference on Halal Food in Riyadh concluded on Tuesday, calling on non-Muslim countries exporting food to Islamic countries to strictly adhere to Islamic regulations with regard to ensuring products are halal.

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Saudi Arabia: Need for halal standards for food additives underlined

| 15/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Need for halal standards for food additives underlined

Mian Nadeem Riaz from Texas said that for the food industry to serve the halal market, it is very important that they know the halal status of additives. He pointed out that some of the common additives are derived from sources that are not halal, for example pigs and animals slaughtered without abiding by religious directives.

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Saudi Arabia: Scientists, scholars to redefine Halal

| 14/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Scientists, scholars to redefine Halal

The main sessions will focus on genetically modified food, lawfulness of food additives, analysis methods of halal food, control of halal food, its standards, certification and countries’ experiences in halal food control.

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Saudi Arabia: Brazilian commercial mission in Riyadh to spur Saudi trade

| 13/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Brazilian commercial mission in Riyadh to spur Saudi trade

Forty-seven Brazilian companies from the sectors such as food, beverages and agribusiness; machinery and equipment; and house and civil construction aim boost trade ties with potential local buyers from Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia: Sattam inaugurates halal food event in Riyadh

| 13/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Sattam inaugurates halal food event in Riyadh

Riyadh Governor Prince Sattam opened an international conference on halal food in the capital here on Sunday. The Saudi Food and Drugs Authority organized the three-day conference focusing on monitoring halal food. In his address, Executive President of SFDA Muhammad Al-Kanhal stressed the need to monitor imported food.

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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh meeting to clarify the concept of halal food

| 11/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh meeting to clarify the concept of halal food

SFDA has brought scientific and religious scholars to a common platform to explore new ways of improving the global halal food industry and to chalk out a mechanism to maintain a uniform check on the quality as well as the regulations adopted by the local authorities to ensure that the food consumed is halal.

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Saudi Arabia: Experts to discuss Halal food at conference in Riyadh Sunday

| 10/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Experts to discuss Halal food at conference in Riyadh Sunday

King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, will patronize here Sunday the first global conference on Halal food held by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority. The conference will come up with recommendations on the best ways to monitor food, lay down Halal food requirements, and seek to foster trade relations between participating countries.

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Contemporary art show in Saudi Arabia could herald a new movement

| 31/01/2012 | Reply
Contemporary art show in Saudi Arabia could herald a new movement

Usually it is the job of an art historian to pinpoint when an art movement begins. But last month, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, the overwhelming feeling among visitors to a ground-breaking exhibition of Saudi contemporary art was that they had witnessed the birth of something new.

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Saudi Arabia to probe delay of tests on imported food

| 27/01/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia to probe delay of tests on imported food

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) plans to launch an investigation into the delay of some of its laboratories in completing tests on food products coming into the country, Saudi Gazette has reported. The move follows complaints from a number of businessmen and importers that their perishable products expire while the tests are still being done.

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India: ‘Kashmir ideally suited for Saudi tourists’

| 08/01/2012 | 1 Reply
India: ‘Kashmir ideally suited for Saudi tourists’

A high-level delegation of tourism and culture ministers, government officials, bureaucrats, airline operators and tourism experts from different states of India is currently visiting the Kingdom to familiarize Saudis with all that “Incredible India” has to offer.

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Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

| 23/12/2011 | Reply
Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

Arab countries need to invest $144 billion in agriculture between now and 2030 to meet the demand for food for their growing populations, said an Arab official.

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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh will hold their 1st Halal Food Control & Exhibition

| 14/12/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh will hold their 1st Halal Food Control & Exhibition

For the first time the Halal Food Control and Exhibition will be held in Riyadh. This conference will be held concurrently with a halal products exhibition. Important issues surrounding standardization of halal will be one of the main topics to be discussed.

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Saudi Arabia: Singapore taps into rising Saudi food sector market

| 23/10/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Singapore taps into rising Saudi food sector market

A Singapore business delegation from the food sector is currently in Saudi Arabia to explore business opportunities in the Kingdom’s burgeoning food and beverage sector. GCC’s $9 billion food and beverage market, easily establishing the country as a major business and investment destination for key players in the food production value chain.

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Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

| 19/10/2011 | 1 Reply
Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

The recent decision by Saudi King Abdullah to allow women to run and vote in municipal elections and become members of the Shura Council, a parliament that acts as an advisory council to the King but has no legislative powers, has huge implications for the status of women in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia pharma: Pfizzing

| 13/10/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia pharma: Pfizzing

Pfizer has become the first multinational pharma investor to set up a wholly owned subsidiary. It is all part of the Saudi efforts to expand the healthcare sector. Because of restrictions on foreign-ownership of businesses, foreign investments in Saudi Arabia’s pharma sector have traditionally been limited to joint ventures with domestic firms. Now the development of economic “free zones” is changing that, and Pfizer of the US is one company taking advantage.

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Makkah for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’

| 18/09/2011 | Reply
Makkah for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’

To the al-Saud monarchy, Makkah is their vision of the future – a steel and concrete metropolis built on the proceeds of enormous oil wealth that showcases their national pride. Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Makkah are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas, and the moniker is not a compliment.

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US business mission eyes Saudi agro-food deals

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
US business mission eyes Saudi agro-food deals

The mission consists of top companies specializing in agricultural production, irrigation, livestock breeding, processed and halal food, organic fertilizers, soil treatment, animal feed and feed additives, land-use mapping, and low water use grass seeds.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA to sponsor conference on halal food and drugs monitoring

| 07/07/2011 | 2 Replies
Saudi Arabia: SFDA to sponsor conference on halal food and drugs monitoring

Muhammad Bin Ahmed Al-Kanhal, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) announced that his organization has received Royal approval to sponsor next year’s First International Conference for Halal Food and Drugs Monitoring. “Due to the Kingdom’s position in the Muslim World, it has to take serious steps to lay down regulations and controls for halal food, which many societies consume,” Dr. Al-Kanhal said.

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Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

| 06/07/2011 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia: Scholars to analyze halal food standards at Riyadh conference

RIYADH: The Kingdom will host the first ever international conference on halal food in the Saudi capital on 12 February 2012, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority announced on Tuesday. The objectives of the proposed summit are to clarify the concept of halal food and its requirements from an Islamic perspective and to present technical and economic aspects of halal food in the light of its increased global demand.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA to monitor food imports from May 25

| 25/05/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: SFDA to monitor food imports from May 25

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) will take over next month the monitoring of imported foodstuffs from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mohamad bin Ahmed Alkanhal, executive president of the authority, announced yesterday.

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