MCI Detected Corrupted Dates inside a Rest House in Makkah, the Labors were Marketing that to the Pilgrims and the Visitors of the Holy Places

25 May 2014
MCI Inspection Teams had detected a rest house in Al Husseiniya area in Makkah used for storing large quantities of expired date paste, unfit for the human consumption, placed in a random and unhealthy way under the sun. During the inspection, a number of labors were detected marketing such items to the shops and exploiting the arrivals of large numbers of pilgrims and visitors to the Holy City for selling them such corrupted items using this site, which was closed later on.

A report had been received by the MCI Inspection Teams stating the suspicion of the said site, so the site was raided by the Inspection Teams and they confiscated all the quantities before marketing them to the local markets. Those involved were summoned for investigation and the case had been referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution.

MCI Inspection Teams had confiscated 2000 kilograms of Taibah date paste, and 1000 gallons of Zamzam water that had been stored in an unhealthy way, where they were exposed to the scorching sun, in addition to 2552 gallons ready to be filled. All the confiscated quantities were destroyed. 

MCI emphasizes that it will continue its Inspection Rounds on the markets, the food warehouses, the shops and all the commercial institutions, to ensure their regular works, and the absence of fraud practices and manipulation on the consumers, and to stop exploiting the demand for purchase in selling and marketing corrupted and expired products.

MCI also stresses that it will not tolerate in imposing the legal penalties on the violators 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 the consumers to report their complaints and observations to the Report Center in the Ministry on the phone No. 1900.
Last Modified 26 Dec 2018