PACP seizes potatoes, meat in series of raids.
Barka: The law enforcement officers at the Consumer Protection Department in Barka, working in collaboration with the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and the Public Prosecution, caught red-handed a number of expatriate labourers while loading large quantities of rotten potatoes. The consignment, amounting to more than 27,000kg, at the Barka dumping site was to be distributed to shops, restaurants and cafes even though it was clear that the potatoes were rotten and unfit for human consumption. Legal action Ahmed Al Zedjali, the director of Consumer Protection Department at the Governorate of South Al Batinah, Barka branch, informed that the case was referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action after recording the statements of the accused. He noted at the same time that the issue had serious health related ramifications for the consumers during the holy month of fasting. He said the distribution of such edible goods was not only confined to the wilayat of Barka, but also a number of other wilayats. The director also stressed that such fraudulent practices were being regularly unearthed by the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP). He condemned such activities saying that these irresponsible expatriates think only of their profits and have no moral scruples or conscience. Substandard meat seized Meanwhile, in related developments the Consumer Protection Administration in the Governorate of North Al Batinah apprehended some expatriates in possession of 250 kilograms of meat of animals that were illegally purchased from the slaughterhouse. The expatriates used to collect the meat portions and keep them at the cold store of one of the farms before distributing these to cafes and restaurants. During interrogation, they admitted that they illegally purchase and market such meat products. The veterinary tests found that the seized meat was not fit for human consumption. The Public Authority for Consumer Protection has advised the people against dealing with unlicensed salespersons. It also urged them to procure meat for their needs only from licensed outlets to safeguard their health and safety.
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