The Ministry of Commerce Shut down an Unlicensed Factory in Riyadh, Run by Expatriates, Producing Adulterated Sterilizers and Forging their Expiry Dates

02 Apr 2020


In cooperation and coordination with the joint security campaigns in Riyadh, also with the Municipality and the Food and Drug Authority, MCI inspection teams raided last night, an unlicensed factory, run by expatriates of Arab nationality. They were found guilty by counterfeiting and making fake sterilizers, odor oils, cosmetics, and forging their expiry dates.

The Ministry shut down the factory and its warehouses in Riyadh, after carrying out the necessary investigations about the said site, which lasted for 14 hours.

All the tools used in this process and all the fake quantities were seized, also the owner was summoned by the Ministry for further investigation, as well as the illegal labors were referred to the concerned authorities for taking the necessary measures according to the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.

This comes within the Ministry’s efforts and the concerned authorities to control the fake and counterfeit goods and to arrest those violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law and to impose the legal penalties on them, as the law provides for imposing penalties of up to three-year imprisonment, fines of up to one million riyals or both, in addition to defaming the violators in the local newspapers at their expense, besides deporting the illegal labors from the Kingdom, also preventing the owner of practicing the same trade activity. 
The Ministry of Commerce urges all consumers to lodge their reports and complaints through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry’s website. 

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Last Modified 02 Apr 2020