Ministry fines shops for selling expired goods

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has cracked down on various shops across the country for selling expired food and cosmetics.

In a surprise inspections, it targeted a number of shops and companies selling food and cosmetic products across Qatar including Hyatt Plaza, Al Wakrah and Al Sadd Street, in a bid to monitor the compliance of suppliers with their obligations under Law No. 8 of 2008 on consumer protection.

The inspection campaigns resulted in three fines for violations ranging from the supply and sale of expired food products, namely, expired ghee cans that were not removed from the shelves and destroyed, as well as the supply and sale of expired hair dyes in violation of article 6 of Law No. 8 of 2008 on Consumer Protection and anti-Commercial Fraud.

These regular and intensive inspection campaigns come within the framework of the Ministry’s efforts to regulate and control markets and commercial activities across Qatar and to crack down on infringements and counterfeit goods that do not conform to standard specifications.

Article 6 prohibits the sale, display and promotion of substandard, counterfeit and fraudulent products. A product is considered fraudulent or spoiled if it does not conform to the prescribed standards, is unusable or expired. Violations of Law No. (8) of 2008 on consumer protection can result in administrative closure and financial penalties ranging from QR3,000 to QR1m.

Source: The Peninsula Newspaper