Qatari retailers selling products after expiry date

Ministry says 95 violations of consumer protection law last month
By Francesca Astorri
Tue 05 Feb 2013 11:09 AM

Several Qatari retailers have been selling products after their expiry date and giving false descriptions of their ingredients, according to the country’s Ministry of Business and Trade.

The Daily Peninsula reported that the ministry’s Consumer Protection Department had found a total of 95 violations of the consumer protection law in the last month.

Not displaying prices and refusing to exchange products sold were also among the 350 complaints filed by consumers to the CPD last month.

In 2012 several outlets were found selling counterfeit sanitary products. According to the Qatari law, suppliers found violating the consumer protection law may face imprisonment for up to two years and/or a fine that can be doubled if the supplier repeats the offence in five years. Fines for violations can reach up to QR 1 million.

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