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Saudi Arabia strengthens control over imported food

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 13, 2020
In northern Saudi Arabia, specifically in Al-Haditha port on the Saudi-Jordanian border, Saudi employees examine a food shipment within a strict daily procedure.
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A number of employees carry out their routine tasks, which include taking samples of food products for examination and analysis, and inspection of the shipment papers and content.

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Dedicated laboratories conduct analyses and examine the samples.

Saudi Arabia imports between 75 and 80 percent of its food from many countries around the world. The Food and Drug Authority has strengthened its control systems in all its outlets to ensure the safety of food products.

The Authority has several laboratories distributed in the ports of Jeddah, Dammam, Al-Haditha, Riyadh, and Jizan. Those are the authorized centers that test the food before allowing the relevant shipment to enter the Kingdom.

Besides these laboratories, there are 16 outlets with hundreds of Saudi certified inspectors who examine and analyze foods with high efficiency, using modern devices provided by the Kingdom.