(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) after receiving approval of the Public Prosecution has made public names of those involved in selling expired candies and children's food products, a press release said.
PACP had recently conducted a raid and caught some traders tampering with the expiry date of products. It has been found that Dwarkadas Kalyanji & Partners, registered under CR No 1020579 and based in the wilayat of Muttrah in Muscat governorate, purchased and imported expired or near expired commodities, and then repackaged and sold them after changing the production and expiry dates.
The products were sold to make profits even at the cost of public health. The inspection team of PACP had seized 1.8mn expired candies during the raid,' the press release added.
The accused involved are managers at the firm including Jai Singh Dwarkadas, Ratan Singh Dwarkadas Kalyanji and Ranjit Kumar Dwarkadas.
Dr Said bin Khamis al Kaabi, chairman of PACP, said, ''The cooperation of the Public Prosecution to solve this case will boost morale of our cadres. Cooperation with different establishments and individuals has helped PACP in cracking down on such activities. The safety and health of our future generations are very important and this raid will go a long way to send out a strong message to all those who indulge in such activities. Trading activities can't be conducted on the basis of cheating and forgery as this sends out wrong message to all those who do their businesses honestly.''
Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali bin Humaid al Balushi, chairman of the Public Prosecution and the director of Consumer Protection Cases Department, said, ''Judicial police officers raided the place after getting an inspection licence according to Article No 80 of Criminal Procedure Code. The accused were caught red-handed tampering with the expiry date of candies and confectionary products.
''The company stores were sealed after receiving judicial licence from the Primary Court as per Article 87. The accused have been remanded to custody pending further investigations. A judicial decision has also been issued to withdraw all expired commodities of the company from markets across the sultanat