All Quantities were Seized before being Distributed and Sold in local Markets
MCI continued its Control & Inspection Campaigns on commercial institutions and shops, which resulted in the detection of a warehouse in Makkah, engaged in manipulating and fraud of the validity of the foodstuffs, the involved site was closed, and all the quantities were confiscated before being distributed or sold in the markets, those involved were summoned for investigation and taking the statutory procedures against them.
The details go back when the MCI Inspection Teams monitored, in cooperation with the Holy City Secretariat, a warehouse engaged in forging and changing the validity date of 10 thousand food commodities, and then such items were re-packaged and wrapped, and a new forged validity date was placed, and then to be distributed into the local markets, which is considered an act of fraud and counterfeiting for the consumers of Makkah residents, visitors and pilgrims.
The seized quantities included varieties of Egyptian and Indian rice, groats, semolina, spices, in addition to large quantities of legumes, canned food, vegetables and others.
MCI had carried out inspection rounds in various parts of the Kingdom, led to the seizure and confiscation of large quantities of expired food items, which were re-packaged and stored by labors in order to cheat and mislead the consumers.
This comes in the context of MCI continuous inspection rounds on markets, food warehouses, shops and all other institution, to ensure their regular work, and the absence of fraud and manipulation practices on consumers, and to stop exploiting the demand for purchase in selling and marketing the corrupted and expired products.
MCI called on all consumers to report their complaints and observations to the Notification Center in the Ministry through the toll-free number 1900.