The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed a company specialized in foodstuffs and its responsible manager of Pakistani nationality in Riyadh. The company was found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by possessing and storing expired foodstuffs and for tampering the products validity date. These products include starch corn and sugar. This is considered a punishable violation, since such expired products may pose a risk on the health and safety of consumers.
A judgment was issued by the Criminal Court in Riyadh, condemning the company and imposing a fine of five hundred thousand riyals, also closing the violating Est. for a year, as well as confiscating and destroying the seized products, 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.