Posted on August 31, 2017

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has carried out a surprise inspection campaign on 51 popular restaurants and kitchens across the country.

The MEC inspectors spotted three violations at popular kitchens for obliging customers to purchase sheep from their shops as a condition for the preparation of Eid Al Adha feast. The ministry said in a statement that this practice contravenes the provisions of Law No 8 of 2008 on consumer protection, in which Article 10 stipulates that the supplier may not conceal any goods or refrain from selling them for the purpose of controlling the market price or to impose the purchase of certain quantities or buy another commodity with it or to receive a price higher than the price that was announced.

The inspection campaigns come in the framework of the ministry's keenness on regulating the markets and commercial activities in the State with the aim of controlling prices and detecting abuses, in order to protect the rights of consumers, as well as monitoring the compliance of suppliers (popular restaurants and kitchens) with their obligations under Law No. (8) of 2008 on consumer protection. Violation of Law No. (8) of 2008 on consumer protection ranges from administrative closure to financial fines ranging from QR6,000 to QR1 million.

source: Qatar Tribune