The Court of First Instance has convicted two defendants of violating the consumer protection food safety law. They were convicted, imprisoned, deported and fined RO 25,20o.
As per the details, five expatriate workers collected the remains of the slaughterhouses from the abattoirs and stored them in large refrigerators in a farmhouse. They are cleaned with hot water using knives, packaged and and then distributed to a number of restaurants and commercial centers in Muscat. Following investigations and after collecting the necessary evidences, the place was raided by the authorities from the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP).
One of the accused was caught inside the house and he was taking out the meat for preparation for distribution. Four big refrigerators, two gas cylinders, a knife, two sails, a balance, a computer, a number of records and invoices were seized from the site.
The case was referred to the competent court, which issued a verdict condemning all of the defendants for violating the Consumer Protection Law and sentenced the first to one year in prison and the fine RO2000 and sentenced the remaining defendants to a period of six months and fined RO1,000. The defendants were also condemned for violation of the Food Safety Law and the first one was sentenced to one year imprisonment and a fine of RO5,000 . Punishments and fine were also handed over to other defendants.
The court added that one of the reasons for the spread of this phenomenon is the rental of farms and real estate to the violators and allow them to engage in activities without obtaining approvals from the competent authorities and not follow the work that falls under the sponsorship.