According to Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia is now following the US’ lead in listing calorie information on all chain restaurants’ menus. This is expected to be put into action by 2018.
The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has started a new initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Consumer Protection Association, that demands restaurants to be clear about their food’s nutritional information.
Starting from this year, listing calories on menus will be optional but encouraged. However, in the last quarter of 2018, it will be mandatory for restaurants to keep the diners informed about the nutritional information. The SFDA’s plan is not just to keep Saudi citizens healthy, but to also hold workshops that aim to help restaurants learn how to make healthier food for their clients.