Saudi Arabia: FAIRS Country Report
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In 2019, Saudi Arabia withdrew a draft regulation to establish extremely low upper limits on sugar in a wide range of food products. It also made its unique Front of Pack Nutritional Labeling (Stop Light) standard voluntary. Recent Saudi standards ban partially hydrogenated oil, set limits on salt in bread, mandate back-of-pack nutritional labeling, set voluntary limits on salt in 22 processed food products, and ban the use of added sugar in fresh fruit drinks. New labeling requirements for fresh fruit and vegetables was implemented in February 2020. The revision and expansion of taxes on beverages containing added sugar has affected sales of many products. The ban on poultry produced using stunning has halted U.S. poultry meat exports to Saudi Arabia.