MCI, Defaming a Foodstuff Est. and the Labors in Charge, Condemned of Cheating the Consumers by Forging the Validity of Food Products in Dammam

24 Feb 2020


The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed an Est. specialized in wholesale and retail of foodstuffs, and the workers  in charge of Syrian nationality for violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law and the Commercial Data System. It has been proved that they have been forging and counterfeiting the validity of foodstuffs and they intend to deceive and mislead the consumers. This is a punishable violation because this may pose risk on the health and safety of consumers.

The seized products at Dammam warehouse included 117 olive oil bottles, 52 pasta cartons and 53 expired sauce  packages. The workers at the Est. used to forge the expiry date of such items and sell them in the markets.

The Ministry has published the content of the judicial ruling issued by the Dammam Criminal Court, which included imposing a fine of SR 60,000 riyals on the violators, closing the violating facility, confiscating and destroying the seized quantities, and publishing the ruling 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.

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Last Modified 25 Feb 2020