Large Quantities of Items with Forged Validity Dates were Seized Inside
The MCI Control Teams had detected a warehouse in Jeddah forging the validity dates of the expired foodstuffs during their intensive inspection rounds on some commercial sites in Jeddah. The labors were removing the old expired stickers and replacing them with ones bearing new dates for cheating the consumers. All the quantities were seized and destroyed and the owners were summoned for investigation and taking the legal procedures against them.
During the inspection inside the warehouse, the Control Teams observed the presence of large quantities of stickers with new validity dates used by the labors for forging and marketing the products after removing the old and the expired ones. The items that had been confiscated included: 265 bags of nuts, 90 cartons of white peeled almonds, 160 bags of sliced almonds, the expiry date was changed to 2015 and 100 bags of expired seeds (Rashad).
The confiscated items included as well: 43 bags of Turkish groat expired since 2010, 23 bags of Syrian black bean, 22 bags of American peeled almonds expired since 2012, in addition to 46 bags of Syrian cumin, 23 bags of grinded pepper expired in 2013, 20 bags of old and corrupted (Mashhadi seeds ) without expiry date and 292 bags of (peacock seeds) the expiry date was amended until 2015.
MCI confirms that it will continue its Inspection Rounds on warehouses, factories and commercial institutions, to ensure their regular work, and the absence of fraud practices on consumers, and to stop exploiting the demand for purchase in selling and marketing of any counterfeit or adulterated goods.
MCI stresses that it will not tolerate in imposing the legal penalties on violators and those involved in the practice of fraud and counterfeiting, and all that put the health and safety of consumers at risk.
MCI calls on all the consumers to report their complaints and observations to the Report Center in the Ministry on the phone No. 1900.