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Expatriate workers seized preparing meals without taking into account health requirements in Sohar

09/12/2018


The Judicial Commissioners of the Public Directorate for Consumer Protection were able to control expatriate workers who prepare prepares meals in one of the shops

 

without taking into consideration the health requirements and without obtaining the approvals and licenses for the safety of the product from the competent authorities in the framework of the efforts of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection represented by its various directorates and departments in controlling markets and combating practices harmful to the health and safety of consumers.
The details of the incident are summarized in the Directorate's receipt of a report stating that there are expatriate workers preparing meals at one of the shops that are not licensed by the concerned authorities and then being sold to consumers. Accordingly, the site was investigated and verified. The defendants were caught in a state of wear while cooking and manufacturing meals in a location that does not meet the health and safety requirements. This is contrary to the Consumer Protection Law. 243 pieces of samosa and 15 grams of the mixture for making the samosa and a quantity of spices as well as a number of cooking tools and equipment. It was also revealed that they distribute and sell them to consumers and a number of shops in the state of Sohar, and by asking the defendants confessed to the offenses assigned to them, and that the employer does not have the necessary licenses from the competent authorities to carry out the activity subject matter of the violation and accordingly the procedures have been taken in such cases And referral of the case file to the competent judicial authorities.
Abdul Rahman bin Salem Al Qasimi, Director General of the Directorate, said that the Consumer Protection Law obliges the institutions that prepare and manufacture the goods and products to extract the approvals and licenses that ensure that they follow the safety specifications of the product. These licenses, if present, make it easier for the control officers to monitor the manufacturing methods and conditions to ensure the safety of the product and to avoid side effects.
Al Qasimi called on establishments to adhere to regulations and laws and to comply with health and safety requirements when manufacturing. He also urged consumers to cooperate with the Authority in reporting such practices in order to reach a safe market.

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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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