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Fines amounting to OMR 3,000 Sur Consumer Protection seizes more than 9,600 packs/bags of chewing tobacco and cigarettes for violation

18/09/2017

The Consumer Protection Department in Sur, in cooperation with government authorities, was able to seize expat workers who were storing and selling quantities of illegal cigarettes and chewing tobacco in a storage unit for chewing tobacco and illegal cigarettes in Wilayat  of Al-Kamil Wal Wafi.

 

The total number of seized items was approximately 9,664 packs/bags.  the seizure comes as a part of PACP’s effort to protect the consumers health from the violations committed by some and as a continuation of a long series of sincere and successful endeavors to seize many of the hazardous and harmful violations for humans and their safety.
The department got information about expat workers who were storing and selling illegal cigarettes and quantities of chewing tobacco in one of the farms, the law enforcement officers investigated for days and verified the information prior to obtaining a search warrant from the Public Prosecution followed by a raid on the place in cooperation with Al-Kamil Wal Wafi Police Precinct. The group of expat workers were caught in possession with large quantities of illegal materials: 4,444 packs of cigarettes that do not fit the standards and specifications, 42 kg of Afzal chewing tobacco, 50 kg Pan, 35 kg of Bubul tobacco, 146 Rajakas, and 1,180 Pan (leaves), in violation of article 7 of the Consumer Protection Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014 that states: “It shall be prohibited to trade in any adulterated, corrupt, counterfeit  commodities or any commodities that are not authorized for trading  and the same may not be advertised and the regulations shall  determine what commodities shall be deemed as adulterated, corrupt  or counterfeit.”, based on that the department issued a seizure warrant for the case and taken the legal measures against the violators to pay a fine of OMR 3000 and seizing and destroying the materials.
PACP advises all the providers and commercial establishments to adhere to the health rules and conditions and not harm the consumers health and safety in any way, and further advises the consumers to report the violations that undermine their rights as guaranteed by the laws and the legislations.

 

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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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