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The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has carried out an unannounced inspection campaign targeting edible oil venders and have collected cooking oil samples in order to ensure their conformity with standard specifications.
The inspection campaigns come within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to crack down on violations and protect consumer rights. The lab results confirmed that the first sample was non-compliance with standard specifications in terms of its fatty acid content while the second sample contained a higher than permitted amount of antioxidants E391 according to GCC specifications.
The products were recalled in accordance with article (5) of law number (8) of 2008 which prohibits the sale, display or advertising of fraudulent and corrupt goods. An item is considered fraudulent or corrupt if it has expired or it fails to meet standard specifications.
Penalties for violations of law number (8) of 2008 on consumer protection range between administrative closures and a minimum fee of QR3,000 and up to QR1m. The ministry stressed that it will intensify its inspection campaigns to crack down on all violations of the consumer protection law. The ministry said it will refer violators of laws and ministerial decrees to competent authorities, who will take appropriate action against perpetrators in order to protect the rights of consumers.
The ministry urged consumers to report any violations to its Consumer Protection and Anti-Commercial Fraud department and send complaints and suggestions through call centre: 16001; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter MEC_QATAR; Instagram MEC_QATAR; and the ministry’s app on smartphones available on iPhone and Android devices MEC_QATAR.