Inspectors from the Commercial Control Sector within the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have undertaken coordinated regulatory campaigns resulting in the closure of various businesses. The crackdown included the shutdown of a tire factory, a renowned restaurant, three garages, and a food warehouse.
The Control Sector confiscated approximately 120 kilograms of expired meat from a well-known barbecue and shawarma restaurant. Subsequent examination revealed the use of spoiled meat that did not meet safety standards, particularly in terms of expiration dates. Due to this, the restaurant was temporarily closed, with plans to commence legal proceedings by referring the case to the Public Prosecution.
A food store found to have manipulated country of origin information on its primary products was shuttered by commercial control inspectors. They had misrepresented the source to align with consumers’ preferences, notably switching the origin to Italy for many seized items. Coordination is ongoing with relevant authorities to initiate legal action against the store owners.
A third target was a tire factory that recycled used tires and sold them to consumers as new. Inspectors seized around 700 tires that had been deceptively rebranded as new. The factory was closed, and legal action is pending against its owners.
Inspections also revealed that three garages in Shuwaikh Industrial Area were selling car exhausts (exhaust systems) that violated regulatory instructions by emitting excessive noise.
Commercial control inspectors inspected garages in Shuwaikh Industrial Area in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior's General Traffic Department to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. During these inspections, several violations were recorded, leading to the closure of one garage involved in manufacturing and selling car exhausts that failed to meet specifications. Legal measures are being pursued against those found in violation.
These actions were carried out in accordance with directives from the Minister of Trade and Industry and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Muhammad Al-Aiban, who stressed the importance of ongoing commercial oversight campaigns to protect consumer rights and address market violations. Undersecretary Ziad Al-Najem also supports these efforts.
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