Saudi Arabia’s imports from Russia achieved 99.8% compliance

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For regulations and specifications in 2020

The Chief Executive of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhi, confirmed that the rate of compliance of imported Russian products with technical regulations and specifications reached 99.8% in 2020 AD, and total Russian food imports to the Kingdom increased by more than 25%.

This came during the participation of the «Authority» in a meeting held via video communication of the business mission of Russian companies exporting the products of the Agricultural Industrial Complex to the Kingdom, which was held on Monday 08/23/1442 AH corresponding to 04/05/2021 AD, in response to the invitation of His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Sergey Levine; Where the meeting was held with the participation of the Food and Drug General Authority, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and the relevant Russian and Saudi companies, and the meeting dealt with the development of agricultural and food trade between the two countries, and the certification of halal products.

Al-Jadaei explained that despite the serious and unprecedented challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which affected many aspects of life, and caused a severe blow to the global economy and food supply chains, the epidemic created important opportunities and areas, one of which was the close and effective cooperation between food regulators and industry. And producers; To keep food supply chains flowing.

He referred to the cooperation that the Saudi Food and Drug Authority carries out with its counterpart agencies in Russia, such as the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary Supervision and Phytosanitary, citing the numerous activities between these agencies and the leaders of the Russian food industry to support the arrival of Russian food products to the Kingdom’s market.

The President of the Food and Drug Authority stated that there is a noticeable increase in the number of Russian institutions approved by the “authority” for imports of meat, meat products, honey and eggs into the Kingdom, by (3) establishments in 2019 to (27) establishments in 2020 AD, and Russian food imports have also increased. The total amount to the Kingdom increased by more than 25% in 2020 AD, reaching about (141) 548 tons, which reflects the development of Saudi-Russian trade, and it is not affected by COVID-19.

For his part, Director of the Halal Center, Dr. Yusuf bin Salem Al-Harbi, during his participation in the meeting, explained the mechanism of the national system for halal in the Kingdom and the requirements for appointing bodies that grant halal certificates, and the Gulf standard specifications related to halal, and food products that require halal certificates that include meat, poultry and products that contain On ingredients of animal origin.

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