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A Conference on Halal Foods and Drugs Monitoring to be Held in KSA

SFDADr. Muhammad Bin Ahmed Al-Kanhal, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority () announced that more than 1.8 billion people consume about SR2.5 trillion of the global economic value of food. This statement was said during announcing that the organization has received Royal approval to sponsor next year’s First International Conference for Halal Food and Drugs Monitoring. Dr. Al-Kanhal commented “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”.

He explained that the meeting will stress on technical and religious issues, adding “We hope that there will be a combination of religious and technical views since halal food is a complex issue. Halal does not refer to the way animals are slaughtered only, but also to the process of manufacturing as well as food additives. The efforts of Muslim scholars and food experts should be combined”.

Ibrahim Al-Mehaiza, a SFDA official revealed that several banned materials from dead animals, alcohol or pork fat may be included in food additives of Halal concept. He said “We have six laboratories and special units that can detect alcohol and banned food additives. About 500,000 consignments of food arrive to the Kingdom every year. The SFDA has always been vigilant about banned ingredients and has not found any banned ingredients”.

Halal called for using plastic food-grade stamps in English in food packaging. Packaging material includes wrapping material, plastic, metal, glass, and other items such as glasses, cups, spoons, forks, knives and straws.

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