Meet your meat: New Saudi rules require restaurants to display origin of meats
Reporting type and source of meat is now required at Saudi restaurants. (Shutterstock)
The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has issued a notice obliging restaurants to display the type and origin of meat being served to their clients.
“The move comes within the framework of the ministry’s keenness to pay attention to the health of citizens and residents,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Hamad Al-Omar.
According to him, consumers would like to know the origin of the meat and its quality. Additionally, the ministry is eager to ensure that the meat is safe for consumption from a health point of view.
The official circular was sent to all municipalities calling on the owners of restaurants and kitchens to abide by the call. “Those who violate it will face the relevant sanctions,” he observed.
He added that the municipalities are required to implement control campaigns on all food establishments as part of an integrated plan to follow up on their commitment to the regulations and circulars issued on the issue, and to address the violations that threaten the health of consumers.
He also pointed to the importance of the role of restaurant’s own control process, the quality of which will be reflected in the improvement of its services by informing customers of the type and source of the meat in order to help them choose the right product for them.
By Abdul Hannan Tago