MCI, Detecting a Plant Counterfeiting the Country of Origin of Detergents at Medina Farms

12 Jan 2016
The Offending Site was shut down by MCI and 150 Thousand Items were seized
MCI inspection teams detected unlicensed plant inside a farm at Medina. The labors were involved in counterfeiting the country of origin of anonymous detergents, claiming that they are made in Turkey, and then to be distributed and sold at the local market. 150 thousand items of various detergents were seized, while the site was shut down and those responsible were summoned by MCI for investigation and taking the legal procedures against them.
The details go back when MCI received a report about a detergent plant inside a private farm at King Fahd plot, east of Medina. During the inspection process, the inspectors found large quantities of raw materials for preparing different types of liquid & dry soap, in addition to large amounts of poorly made tissues. These items were re-filled inside containers and packets then the country of origin used to be counterfeited by writing the phrase "Made in Turkey".
The inspectors monitored as well non-compliance with the necessary hygiene, safety, storage and packaging requirements at the above mentioned site.
The seizures included 150 thousand pieces of hand dry soap, washing up liquid and auto wind shield cleaners. All these items were prepared to be distributed at the local market in the province.
This came at a time when MCI had been carrying out inspection campaigns on the factories, plants and warehouses in various parts of the Kingdom, to verify their regular works, and to ensure the absence of fraud and manipulation practices on consumers.
MCI would like to emphasize that it will not tolerate in imposing the legal penalties on offenders 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 consumers to report their complaints and observations through the toll free number 1900.
Last Modified 26 Dec 2018