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“Little Consumer” Awareness Event at Al Khatwa Basic Education School

21/10/2019

The Consumer Protection Department in Al Buraimi has recently organized an educational event titled “Little Consumer” at Al Khatwa Basic Education School to instill a safe consumer culture among children and inform them of the right ways to follow when shopping.

 

During the event, Fatima Al-Ka’abiya gave a lecture in which she addressed a number of axes, the most important of which is the definition of the eight consumer rights approved by the Consumer Protection Act, including the right to education, the right to be heard, the right to safety, the right to free choice, the right to compensation, and the right to satisfy its basic needs. She also tackled the importance of reading consumer codes and food labels. She also warned not to drink from the containers that remain in the car for long periods to avoid its health damage, and the importance of planting trees and seasonal vegetables in the garden of the house, because of its significant impact in improving the house facet in addition to its usefulness as a food free of pesticides. In addition, she discussed many tips that help the little consumer to shop smart such as the importance of writing a shopping list, and setting and committing to a certain budget, and selecting the appropriate shopping cart in addition to the need to take enough time to choose the right item compared to the right price, and examine the commodity and ensure its safety before buying, as well as to confirm the date of its validity, and its contents before leaving the shop.

 

She also discussed the importance of the purchase invoice and the need to request it to ensure the rights of consumers, as well as the focus on children's sweets and the damage to public health, including preservatives and high-colored content. The event included a number of competitions and questions aimed at raising awareness in the consumer side, in addition to the coloring activity to instill a culture of non-extravagance and saving through drawings.

 

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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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