Saudi to introduce calorie info on menus to tackle obesity

      Published on Wednesday, 4 October , 2017      151 Views     
Saudi to introduce calorie info on menus to tackle obesity

  • Life

Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is undertaking an initiative to display calorie information on menus as the kingdom seeks to tackle high rates of obesity.

The first phase of the plan will make listing calorie information optional for restaurants and cafes




From the last quarter of 2018 it will then become mandatory to include the information on menus, according to Saudi Gazette.

Restaurants and cafes that respond to the initiative in the first phase will be mentioned on a special page on the authority’s website.

When listing does become mandatory the SFDA will outline the criteria for food and drinks items to be displayed on the menu.

The authority is conducting workshops to increase awareness of the plan and give consumers tips for reducing their calorie intake.

Food and beverage venues will be given a grace period to comply with the bylaw, according to the publication.

The plans come as the kingdom continues to tackle high rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases related to a lack of physical activity and unhealthy diets.

Last year, British medical journal The Lancet ranked the kingdom as the third worst in the world for obesity and laziness behind Malta and Swaziland.

Another recent study suggested 70 per cent of the population was overweight or obese and the kingdom was ranked the world’s least active country in a July report by researchers at US-based Stanford University.



http://gulfbusiness.com/

Keywords:
Category Life | 2017/10/04 latest update at 1:00 AM
Source : | Photocredit :
152 Views
Comments Add comment



Gulf Media

Related Articles

The editorial staff of Saudi Arabia Today would like to give all of its readers from Gulf and Saudi Arabia and the whole world the opportunity to participate actively in the development of the website! If you have something interesting, fun, scandalous - just something worth to be seen from more people. Capture it and share it in the Saudi Arabia Today with a short text.

Do you have information you want to reach our readers?

Send article/s

You can subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter and Google pages or use our RSS feed channel to always read the most important news about Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the world.


Sponsored Publications



Saudi Arabia pledges full support to Greek Cypriot administration King

Saudi Arabia pledges full support to Greek Cypriot administration

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud expressed full support for the Greek Cypriot administration amid…

Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus Government

Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil…

How G20 presidency is likely to deliver Saudi economic boost Government

How G20 presidency is likely to deliver Saudi economic boost

Saudi Arabia becoming the first Arab nation to take over the G20 presidency is likely to deliver a…

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions Government

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. They discussed bilateral relations between…

GULF TV

Popular in GULF TV

Saudi Crown Prince Wife|Why Not with him In the Foreign Tour’s

2819 Views

Saudi Crown Prince Wife Princess Sara bint Mashoor, Why Not with him In the Foreign Tour’s. Prince Mohammed…

Latest videos in GULF TV

Events

Lifestyle

Culture

Sport

Science & Technology

Government