The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed the owner of an Est. specialized in wholesale and retail of cooled and frozen chicken in Al-Ahsa governorate. Those responsible are found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by offering quantities of chickens with forged expiry dates (production date is subsequent to the actual production date). This is considered a clear violation that necessitates a penalty, since this case pose a risk and misleading towards the consumers.
A verdict was issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam, including a fine and defamation by publishing the sentence in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator.
In details, MCI received a tip about a poultry Est. offering chickens with forged expiry date ( the date of expiry is subsequent to the actual production date). MCI inspection teams have made the necessary investigation, monitored and seized all the fake quantities of chickens, to be destroyed later, and the case was referred to the Public Prosecution for taking the legal measures against the violators.
The Ministry of Commerce and Investment confirms the continuation of addressing those violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by taking stern measures and imposing the legal penalties against them, in view of the fraud and deception towards the consumers. The Rules & Regulations related to Anti-Commercial Fraud Law stipulates penalties that may reach to three-year imprisonment, fines up to one million riyals or both , Defamation in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator, deportation of the illegal labors from the Kingdom, besides the suspension and prevention of practicing the same commercial activity.
MCI calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints or observations through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.