The Saudi Food & Drugs Authority (SFDA) announced new mandatory requirements for fresh fruit, vegetable, spices and agricultural crop.
The SFDA recently updated its Certificate of Conformity (COC) requirements for Egypt, India, and Jordan imports.
According to the Circular issued on the 6th of May 2021, importers from the listed countries are now required to present a Certificate of Conformity together with a test report or analysis of the shipped batches.
As an SFDA appointed Certification Body, Cotecna can approve testing and sampling done in the country of export as part of the certification process. This process will prove compliance with technical regulations SFDA.FD 382 (for pesticide residue in agricultural and food products) and GSO 1016 (for microbiological standards for commodities and food products).
Additionally, fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and agricultural crops imported from Egypt must pass a Hepatitis A test. Each export facility must submit a Hepatitis A test report for assessment to obtain the mandatory COC. This facility report is valid for a period of 6 months.
If you would like to learn more about this update or request a certification, please don't hesitate to contact us.