The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed an Est. specialized in wholesale and retail of foodstuffs and beverages in Makkah. The said Est. was found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law and the Commercial Data System by possessing and selling expired foodstuffs, besides some items don’t bear any commercial data. The seized quantities included soup seeds, Mammoul, Rusk and popcorn. This is considered a punishable violation, since it poses risk on the health and safety of the consumers.
A judgment was issued by the Criminal Court in Makkah, condemning the said Est., imposing a fine, closing the violating Est. for a period of ten days, confiscating and destroying the seized quantities, besides publishing the verdict in two local newspapers at the expense of the defendant.
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.