Muscat: The nine men accused of selling expired candy and children's food products will stand trial in Muscat Primary Court today, said Ahmed Al Balushi, chairman of Public Prosecution and director of Consumer Protection Cases Department. The Public Prosecution had recently referred the case of the expired candy to the Muscat Primary Court.
The nine accused in the case will face five charges, including violating Article 293 of the Omani Penal Code by displaying expired and rotten food products that is harmful for health.
Commercial fraud The accused will also face charges of commercial fraud and attempting to deceive consumers by any means, which is a violation of Article 294 of the Omani Penal Code.
The third charge is related to violating food-safety regulations, and the fourth charge is related to storing foodstuff in a manner that does not meet the requirements earmarked by the law. The fifth charge is related to employing workers without adequate permission, violating Article 114 of the Omani Labour Law.
Meanwhile, Dr Ali Al Sunaidi, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, said the judiciary would deliver its verdict against those who tampered with the dates of the expired food.
He also stressed that the rumours of a mission having arrived in the Sultanate to lobby for the release the accused are false.
Majlis lauds PACP
Earlier, Al Sunaidi and the Majlis Al Shura members lauded the efforts of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) to curb sale of adulterated food items in three consecutive sessions hosted by Majlis this week.
The inspection team from PACP had seized 1.8 million pieces of expired candy during their raid last month. The accused are managers at the firm involved in trading the expired food items. Among those facing trial today are Jai Singh Dwarkadas, Ratan Singh Dwarkadas Kalyanji and Ranjit Kumar Dwarkadas.
Dr Said bin Khamis Al Kaabi, chairman of PACP, stated, "The safety and health of our future generations are very important, and this raid will go a long way in sending out a strong message to all those who indulge in such illegal activities.
"Trading activities can't be conducted on the basis of cheating and forgery; this sends out the wrong message to all those who conduct their business honestly."