The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed an Est. specialized in flour and grocery items in Makkah for violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law & the Commercial Data System. The said Est. was found guilty for possessing expired foodstuffs and offering products bearing misleading medical claims, in addition to some quantities that do not bear clear commercial data. The violating items included: coffee, nuts, sweets and cosmetics.
A judgment was issued by the Criminal Court in Makkah, imposing a fine, besides publishing the verdict in two local newspapers at the expense of 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.