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Nizwa: fine for selling chewing tobacco in a food store

12/11/2018




The Consumer Protection Department in Al-Dakhiliyah has imposed a OMR 1000 fine against a commercial establishment in Nizwa for selling chewing tobacco.

 

 

The law enforcement officers in one of their field inspection tours of the commercial shops and establishments found bags of chewing tobacco (Afzal and Rajalex), the goods were immediately seized, and the shop received a violation notice with the required measures implemented. The owner of the shop confessed that he was selling chewing tobacco during the interrogation, therefore, the department imposed a fine of OMR 1000 as per PACP decision No.301/2016 Prohibiting the dealing in smokeless chewing tobacco.
PACP advises all traders and providers to abide by the Consumer Protection Law and its Executive Bylaws, in order to protect consumers, and make sure that there are no dealings in any products or provision of any services, prior to the fulfillment of all the health and safety requirements and obtain the licenses and permits from the authorities concerned, before conducting commercial activities.

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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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