The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has said it has shut down a food company in Abu Hamour and its affiliated warehouse in the Al Sailiya area for a one-month period over the display, sale and storage of expired food products.
The campaign comes within the framework of the MEC’s efforts to monitor markets and economic activity across the country in a bid to crack down on price manipulation, violations, counterfeit goods and substandard products, the ministry has said in a statement.
The company and its warehouse have been closed for a one-month period for violating Article 6 of Law No 8 of 2008 on Consumer Protection.
The law prohibits the sale, display and promotion of substandard, counterfeit and fraudulent products.
A product is considered fraudulent if it fails to meet standards or has expired.
The administrative closure declaration shall be published at the expense of the company that has committed the violation in accordance with Article 18 of Law No 8 on Consumer Protection.
The law stipulates that the closure decision shall be published on the ministry's website and in two daily newspapers at the expense of the company.
The MEC has stressed that it will not tolerate any violations of the Consumer Protection Law and its regulations, and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on violations.
It will refer those who violate laws and ministerial decrees to competent authorities, who will, in turn, take appropriate action against the perpetrators in order to protect consumer rights.
The ministry has urged all consumers to report violations or submit complaints and suggestions to its consumer protection and anti-commercial fraud department through the call centre: 16001, email: [email protected], Twitter: MEC_QATAR, Instagram MEC_QATAR and the mobile app available on iPhone and Android devices: MEC_QATAR.
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