Ministry fine retailer for displaying local tomato in imported section

 28 Sep 2016 - 19:32

Ministry fine retailer for displaying local tomato in imported section

The Peninsula

Doha: The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has fined a retailer for displaying local tomato in the designated area for goods imported through air.
The Ministry carried out surprise inspection campaign in many retail complexes at different areas of Qatar to monitor the compliance of the retail complexes with regulations stipulated in Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection.
The inspections resulted in fine for one of the retail complexes, which was displaying a well-known local tomato product in the area designated for imported goods, which comes through air, and thus violating the provisions of Article No. (7) of Law No. 8 of 2008 on Consumer Protection and combating commercial fraud. 
The law states that “For any trading product, the supplier should be committed to clearly present the type and nature of the commodity, its components and all the relevant data on its cover or its packaging as determined by the executive regulations for this law, and whether the use of this product will pose any kind of harm to the consumer, the supplier has to alert the consumer visibly. For all suppliers, it is prohibited to describe, advertise or display any kind of product in a way that contain false or deceptive statements.”
A fine was levied by the ministry and the complex officials were made to sign pledges ensuring that it will abide by the laws for Consumer Protection. Violating Law No. (8) of 2008 on Consumer Protection can result in closure and fines ranging from QR 3,000 to QR 1 million. 
Ministry had previously urged all retailers and suppliers to display local vegetables and fruits separately from the imported goods, which comes through air, to ensure that the consumers are fully aware of the type of products displayed in all shops.
The ministry stressed that it will not tolerate any violations of the Consumer Protection Law and its regulations, and will intensify its inspection campaigns to crackdown on violations. The ministry said it will refer those who violate laws and ministerial decrees to competent authorities, who will in turn take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect consumer rights.
The campaigns come in the framework of the ministry's keenness to regulate and control the market and commercial activities in order to crack down on price manipulation and protect consumer rights.
The ministry urged all consumers to report violations to the Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department through the their Call Centre: 16001 or Email: [email protected]