Minister of Commerce and Industry Amani Buresli instructed a team of ministry staff to handle affairs of commercial supervision and also to handle complaints filed by consumers.
A ministry statement said the team includes senior ministry officials and had already toured several commercial supervision centers over the past few days and had made several observations regarding the functioning of the centers and means to improve services provided to consumers.
The team's visits shall continue throughout August, with great care warranted since it is the conjunction of three important consumption seasons; Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr, and the start of the school year. Such seasons often see illegal practices including tampering with goods, fraud regarding quality of products, as well as unwarranted increase in prices.
The ministry's inspectors work in three shifts across the country. The latest busts by ministry inspectors was a quantity of spoilt foodstuff no longer fit for human consumption in Al-Asema Governorate which was being readied for sale to the public at a number of outlets.
Head of commercial supervision in Al-Asema, Eid Al-Rishidi, said the goods in question included 9 tons of olives and pickles and some 4 tons of Indian buffalo meat, the last shown by lab testing to be contaminated with Salmonella. The official remarked that the fitting legal measures had been taken against those involved in this bust, and they are to face the commercial prosecution department. The ministry shall not slack in protecting the public from such violations, he stressed.