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MEC detects 78 violations in April

Tribune News Network


THE Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) intensified its inspection campaign last month and detected as many as 78 violations, said a MEC press release on Monday.

The violations ranged from missing price tags (17 cases); raising prices without obtaining the ministry's approval (8 cases); issuing incomplete invoices (6 cases); and failing to implement the prices of vegetables and fruits bulletin (7); to displaying and selling expired products (3 cases) and launching promotions without obtaining the prior approval of competent authorities (4 cases).

The other violations included failing to comply with the declared price list before and during promotions (2); charging consumers higher than advertised (5); false or misleading product description and advertising (8); missing or incomplete product description (5); and not clearly displaying the price of services or products offered (3).

The violations also included failing to provide spare parts; delays in after sale services; failing to provide replacement vehicles and failing to refund customers, return or exchange products.

The penalties resulted in administrative closures as well as fines ranging between QR5,000 and QR30,000 according to the relevant consumer protection laws.

The campaign is being carried out to ensure the compliance of suppliers (retail outlets) with law number (8) of 2008 on consumer protection.

The inspection campaign comes within the framework of the ministry's efforts to monitor markets and commercial activity, crackdown on violators and protect consumer rights.


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