Seven Thousands Bags were re-packaged bearing the name “Patent Flour"
Two warehouses were detected in Al Sily Quarter, east of Riyadh. They were involved in packaging and storing large quantities of flour belonging to the General Organization for Grain Silos and Flour Mills allocated for bakeries. This act caused a lack in the government subsidized flour allocated for bakeries, which is considered contrary to the provisions of Anti-Commercial Fraud. The two warehouses were immediately shut down and those involved were summoned for investigation and taking the legal penalties against them.
The inspectors detected about 7 thousands flour bags of various sizes, which were re-packaged and labeled "Patent Flour" in order to be sold and marketed at high prices.
The seized quantity included 1200 flour bags weighing 45 kg, allocated for bakeries, where such flour was repackaged in bags weighing 1- 10 kg, in addition to more than 2,500 flour bags weighing 1 kg, 1,800 flour bags weighing 2 kg, and 950 flour bags weighing 10 kg.
During the inspection of the two warehouses, the MCI inspectors noticed the presence of more than 9 thousands of empty bags, labeled 1-2 kg, ready to be filled inside the warehouse in primitive ways contrary to the health requirements that must be available in foodstuff plants. This constitutes a threat to the health and safety of consumers.
This comes at a time when MCI has been carrying out its inspection rounds on warehouses and commercial institutions, to ensure their regular work, and the absence of fraud and manipulation practices on consumers.
MCI has emphasized that it will not tolerate in imposing the legal penalties on violators and those involved in the practice of fraud and counterfeiting, and all that put the health and safety of consumers at risk.
MCI calls on all the consumers to report their complaints and observations to the Notification Center in the Ministry through the toll-free number 1900.