The inspection campaign held by representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) in August, resulted in seizure and issuance of 51 violations.
In a statement, the ministry explained that the irregularities varied between work of a sales promotion without obtaining the necessary licence from the competent department, the non-use of Arabic language in the data and advertisements related to the item, the failure to comply with the prices of the algebraic publication of vegetables and fruits, and the description of the item or advertisement or displayed in a manner that contains false or deceptive data and does not cooperate with the judicial control officer.
The penalties included administrative closure and monetary fines which vary between QR5,000 and QR30,000 according to the laws and decisions governing the work of consumer protection departments.
The inspections are part of the ministry's keenness to regulate and monitor the markets and commercial activities in the country with the aim of controlling prices and detecting violations to protect consumer rights.
The ministry confirmed it will be firm against all those negligent and not complying with the consumer protection law and its executive regulations. It also confirmed it will intensify its inspection campaigns to control such practices and refer all violators to the entities concerned to take appropriate measures against them to protect the consumer.
The ministry called on all consumers to report any violations to the ministry. (QNA)
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