The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed the owner of a commercial Est. condemned of selling expired foodstuffs in Makkah. The lady, who is the owner of the Est., the manager and the labor were found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law for offering and selling expired foodstuffs, such as cheeses, legumes, milk powder, sweets and other items. This is a punishable violation because such items may pose risk on the health and safety of consumers.
A judgment was issued by the Criminal Court in Makkah, convicting the violators, imposing a fine, confiscating and destroying the seized quantities, 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.