UAE starts to remove Coca-Cola, Pepsi cans

Consumer protection chief says shops face penalties if they continue to sell 300ml cans

The UAE said on Tuesday it has started to remove 300ml cans of Coca-Cola and Pepsi from shops across the country due to consumer protection violations.

The consumer protection department at the Ministry of Economy said the removal would take a month to complete, state news agency WAM reported.

It added that the US-based soft drinks giants were in violation of a resolution of the Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection and the Consumer Protection Law.

Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, the head of the consumer protection department, said the products were being sold without putting the price or Arabic labelling of the ingredients on the cans.

Al Nuaimi said that the consumer protection team had started the removal process, adding that the 300ml cans were banned from all retail outlets, restaurants and hotels.

He said that the ministry has held meetings with representatives from Coca-Cola, with another meeting with Pepsi planned "very soon" to agree on the withdrawal process.

"For the moment, and until we obtain a clearer picture from our meetings with both companies, there will be no penalties, and will be satisfied with the withdrawal of the products," Al Nuaimi added.

He also said that retail outlets who continue to sell the 300ml cans "would face serious penalties".

The Ministry of Economy told reporters on Sunday the two companies had reduced the size of their AED1.5 cans from 355ml to 300ml without permission and had also removed the price tag.

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Posted by: Hamish Au

Yes that's good, in my country they banned all Chinese labelled packaging as of 1st June 2014. Just foodstuff. English labeling only.

Posted by: Ali

I am not sure whether i am the only one who thinks this way. All "evil" 300/330 ml cans are being removed and people are hailing it as some sort of victory for the consumer. Now once the cans are removed, the only choices we will have are the oversized 500 ml bottles which taste horrible as well and will cost.....2 dhs.
How eaxctly is the consumer benefitting by banning all 300/330 ml cans ?

Posted by: MMM

330ml cans still on Carrefour Mirdif City Centre shelves.

Posted by: Dawood Hajwani

Both the companies should be fined heavily as they have taken gullible consumer for a ride. The money raised from this fine can be utilised for further strengthenening consumer protection measures. Also, it is expected that both the companies should come out with statements to media as to what their stand on the issue is given that both of them are high profile companies and spend millions on advertising and sponsorships.

Posted by: Dhu al-Rummah

In any country if the national language and the official language are not one and the same, that country will definitely lose its identity. Arabic ought to be not only the national language but also the official language. Language is the most important factor in the preservation of a country's identity otherwise its identity and language will soon be relegated to the history books.

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