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PACP shuts biscuit store



Muscat: A store owned by a biscuit company in Al Kamil has been shut down and two of its employees were arrested following a raid conducted by Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) officials.

"We found expired biscuit packets stuffed inside other packets. Expired biscuit packets were hidden in the 10-packet offer packages. The outside packets had valid expiry dates, but the inside ones were not valid," Osama Faisal Al Jahadami, Director General of Consumer Services and Market,  told Times of Oman.

According to sources, the two arrested employees have been identified as Asians.

A week ago, PACP officials unearthed similar cheating on expiration dates of food packages in Al Dahirah. The officials seized 689 packs of macaroni offered for sale in a store. The supplier company offered the public five packs of macaroni at a discounted price. The trick was that all five packages were packed together, with the first and last packs having valid expiry dates, while the three inside packs had expiry dates going back to 2011.

Last week, officials also seized more than 6,000 boxes of expired cookies and sweets for children from a store in Barka, as well as 1,897 packs of expired drugs from a store in Muttrah.

Some two weeks ago, PACP officials also raided a store and seized nearly 31,000 bags of brand-altered rice in Saham.

Al Dakhiliah complaints
Meanwhile, the total number of tips and complaints reported to the administration of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliah during January 2012 rose to 250.

Complaints were registered by consumers who appeared in person at the Customer Service
Department.

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