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Expired, spoiled food busted – Largest in food inspection history
April 23, 2014, 9:37 am

Inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have reportedly seized a large quantity of spoiled foodstuff following a raid on four stores of one company, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily added the seized products weighing several tons included fish, meat, poultry products and others have been destroyed.

According to ministry sources the workers had professionally changed the expiry dates on the products.

The sources said given the size of the seizures the Ministry of Commerce and Industry sought the help of personnel from the Ministry for Municipal Affairs and well as emergency teams. The daily added given the huge quantity, destruction of the seized foodstuffs began at night and the exercise was completed in the afternoon the next day.

According to sources the company was supplying meat and chicken to restaurants and shops selling foodstuffs.

The sources added the seized products were unfit for human consumption.

The sources pointed out the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr Abdulmohsen Mudej has assigned an adviser to the ministry to follow the inspection procedures and refer the samples of the seized goods to the Public Prosecution to ensure safety measures have been applied and close all loopholes in the face of attorneys defending the company.

The sources said the ministry has recently begun a campaign to inspect all markets to ensure the quality of goods sold in the market and reassure the people that it will not tolerate artificial raise in prices of commodities particularly by merchants who take advantage of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. The sources stressed the ministry will not tolerate any violation of the law and regulations governing the protection of the consumer.

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