MEC shuts shop over display, sale of expired products
October 28 2018 08:58 PM
A representative from the MEC implements the closure order
A representative from the MEC implements the closure order

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has announced the one-month closure of a shop located in the Industrial Area for displaying and selling expired dairy products and food spices.

The closure decision comes within the framework of the MEC’s intensive inspection campaigns to monitor markets and commercial activities to ensure the compliance of suppliers with the Consumer Protection Law and to crack down on price manipulation and violations, as well as counterfeit and substandard products.
The outlet was penalised, incurring a fine and an administrative closure decision for one month in line with Article 6 of Law No 8 of 2008. Article 6 prohibits the sale, display, advertising, and promotion of substandard, counterfeit, and fraudulent products. A product is considered fraudulent if it fails to meet the standards, is unusable, or has expired.
The administrative closure decision shall be published at the expense of the shop that 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 MEC’s website and in two daily newspapers at the expense of the violating company.
The MEC stressed that it will not tolerate any violations of the Consumer Protection Law and its regulations. The ministry said it will intensify its inspection campaigns and refer those who violate laws and ministerial decrees to the authorities, who, in turn, will take appropriate action against perpetrators to protect consumer rights.
The ministry urges all consumers to report violations or submit complaints and suggestions to its consumer protection and anti-commercial fraud department through the following channels: call centre 16001; [email protected]; accounts of the MEC on 
Twitter and Instagram – MEC_QATAR; and the MEC App available on iPhone and Android devices – MEC_QATAR.

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