The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed the owner of a food establishment in Al-Ahsa Governorate. He was found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by offering and selling expired foodstuffs. This is a punishable violation, since such products pose risk on the health and safety of the consumer.
A judgment was issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam to convict the owner and impose a fine, the closure of the violating Est. for one month, confiscation and destruction of the seized quantities, and publishing the judgment in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator.
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.