Illegal Repackaging and Sale of Expired Goods Exposed in Kuwait

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Expired Honey and Electronic Cigarettes Seized

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 12: Inspectors from the Commercial Control Department at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry shut down a tobacco retail company and confiscated over a quarter of a ton of expired honey and sizable quantities of electronic cigarettes from its premises and storage facility that did not meet the stipulated usage standards.

Reliable sources informed Al-Rai daily that the ministry inspectors discovered within the company’s stores and warehouse a total of 236 packs of electronic cigarettes in various flavors, which were being offered for sale at varying prices, despite being expired for 15 months, specifically since June 2021. Additionally, they found 12 cartons of dates that had expired a year ago, along with another type of product that had expired 8 years ago. The combined weight of all the confiscated items amounted to approximately 273 kilograms.

The sources further revealed that it became evident that the violator was repackaging the products by using plastic containers designated for tobacco and assorted boxes of different weights within the company’s warehouse, intentionally concealing the expiration date to mislead consumers. Trade inspectors also unearthed that the violator was distributing and selling the adulterated products through the company’s outlets. Subsequently, the seized quantities were confiscated, and an official report was documented against the company.

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