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Consumer Protection Salalah: imprisonment for 6 months, fine and permanent deportation for slaughtering and distributing rotten meat

28/05/2017

Salalah Primery Court recently issued its verdict against expatriate laborers for slaughtering and distributing rotten meat in a farm in Salalah, for violating the provision of article 3 of the consumer protection law, stipulating a prohibition to deal with any goods or services prior to completing all the health and safety conditions, and obtaining the licenses required. The court decided on a fine exceeding OMR 1,000 and six months in jail and deportation

 

The case started when Consumer Protection received confirmed information about Asian expatriate bringing sick cattle with broken limbs from unknown sources, and slaughtering it in a room in the farm, and then packing the meat in small bags ready to sell to consumers. Following receiving the inspection warrant from the public prosecution, and in cooperation with Royal Oman Police and Dhofar Municipality, a team was formed to survey the farm throughout the week, with special focus on the cattle that the individual was bringing to the farm around the clock. Supported by the police, the law enforcement officers raided the farm and apprehended the individual and his associates while skinning a calf and cutting its meat and packing it in small bags. The place had no municipal license, and the slaughter room was dirty from inside out. The laboratory tests established that the cut meat is dark in color and contain abscesses in various parts, and also foul smelling rusty material. Further tests revealed changes in the color and enlarged lymph glands, in addition to signs confirming toxins in the blood. The heart test revealed infestation of tapeworms in the heart, tong, jawbones and muscles, all confirm that the animal is sick, thus unfit for human consumption.
The first accused claimed that the seized meat is fit for human consumption, but the investigations revealed that he used to slaughter cattle for the past three months, and he was assisted by three other individuals, and later it was discovered that the second accused was working with the first one for around two years against wages.

 

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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