The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed the owner of a commercial establishment, specialized in trading of meat, seafood and other foodstuffs in Hail. He is found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by offering rotten foodstuffs. 1405 pieces and 50 kilograms of various frozen items were seized, including chicken, fish and burger, despite the signs of corruption and damage appearing on the said items. This is due to poor storage and refrigeration. All the corrupted items were confiscated and destroyed, since they may pose risk on the health and safety of consumers.
A verdict was issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam to convict the owner of the Est. and imposing a fine of one hundred thousand riyals, also the confiscation and destruction of the seized quantities, besides defamation by publishing the sentence in two 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.