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Restaurants in Saudi Arabia start ‘set calories’ menus

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Restaurants and cafes will now have to display calories on the menus of meals provided by them by the January 1, 2019, according to an initiative launched by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA).

The initiative which goes into effect today, Tuesday was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Consumer Protection Association, Saudi Press Agency reported.

This initiative comes as part of the efforts to safeguard consumers’ health, and create awareness about the importance of knowing the nutritional value of meals and drinks provided by restaurants and cafes.

Executive Director for Awareness and Information at the SFDA Abdulrahman Bin Sultan Al-Sultan said the names of restaurants and cafés which respond to the initiative will be mentioned on a special page on SFDA website to encourage them.