Accused fined, deported for supply of expiry products

MUSCAT, April 24 – The Court of First Instance has issued a judgment against two defendants for violations of the Consumer Protection Law No 66/2014 and its executive regulations. The case involved supply of expiry products to Oman.
Apart from deportation, they were convicted, imprisoned and fined to the tune of RO 2,000.
As per the details, the Department of Consumer Protection received information from a school in Samayil, which said that a salesman of Arab nationality sold food items (cookies) with no expiry dates.
The items were provided to the school by one of the companies operating in the field of exports and imports.
The case was referred to the Public Prosecution Department in Samayil, which initiated an investigation and then referred the case to the competent court.
The accused was fined for RO 1,000 for failing to provide the consumer with correct information about the product.
He was convicted for non-compliance with the standard specifications and the punishment included a jail term of six months and a fine of RO 500. The licence will be revoked along with permanent deportation.
The court convicted the second defendant in absentia for failing to supply the consumer with correct information about the product and for operating a non-Omani worker without any legal approvals.
He was also punished with one year imprisonment and a fine of RO 1,000 for each violation. He also had to bear the expenses of returning the staff to his home country.
The court also decided to confiscate and destroy the seized items. PACP called on all merchants and suppliers to abide by the provisions of the Consumer Protection Law and its executive regulations.