The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed a citizen and his partner, condemned in storing, filling and packing counterfeit flour in Dammam. They were found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by filling and packing subsidized flour in packages contrary to the health requirements, and by using forged registered trademarks.
The Ministry published a verdict issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam, imposing a fine of SR 400,000, also the closure of the violating facility, the confiscation and destruction of all seized products and tools used in fraud and deception, besides defamation by publishing the verdict in two local newspapers at the expense of the violators.
In details, while MCI inspection teams were conducting inspection tours in Dammam, they monitored 68 bags of flour bearing the trademark of the General Authority for Silos and Flour Mills in Dammam. This flour was refilled in packages contrary to the health requirements, and they used to pack it under the name of the Establishment. Accordingly, a violation notice had been released and all the quantities in violation were seized and destructed, then the case was referred to the judicial authorities for taking the legal measures against 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.