The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) issued 137 violations in September for non-compliance with consumer protection regulations.
In a press statement on Wednesday, the MEC said it carried out intensive inspection campaigns last month to monitor if suppliers were abiding by the obligations stipulated by Law No 8 of 2008 on consumer protection.
The initiative fell within the framework of the ministry’s keenness to monitor markets and commercial activities to crack down on price manipulation and protect consumer rights, the statement noted.
Fines issued by the MEC to the violating outlets included closures and financial penalties ranging from QR5,000 to QR30,000, in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Consumer Protection Anti-Commercial Fraud Department.
The ministry noted that the violations mostly pertained to failing to clearly include all information related to the displayed product (31), failing to issue bills in Arabic (17), failing to use the Arabic language in declarations and statements related to a product (17), using false and deceptive information when describing, advertising or displaying a product (16), charging a price higher than what was declared (14), selling and displaying expired products (13) and failing to announce product/service prices (7), among others.