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03 December 2023

Jail term for changing expiry dates on foodstuff

By Eman Al Baik

The Dubai Misdemeanour Court sentenced four Indians and a Nepali to four months in jail for forging labels of contaminated foodstuff and changing expiry dates. 

Business partner, TLS, 42; assistant store keeper AAB, 35; workers JFF, 39; RTT, 39; and ABK 34; were found guilty of removing labels that mentioned  expiry dates and replacing them with labels carrying valid dates.

The first acused was ordered to shut down his shop for one month and pay Dh30,000 fine.

Th accused were found guilty of refilling contaminated foodstuff in new containers and cans as well as plastic bags with no labels.

Laboratory tests of Dubai Municipality proved that the subject foodstuffs were contaminated with bacteria, yeast and fungi.

According to the accusation sheet, the five men are charged with forging documents, commercial fraud and possessing contaminated foodstuff.

TLS alone was convicted for refraining from notifying the concerned authority about the crime and re-entering the country after being deported, and illegally engaging in a commercial activity outside Jebel Ali Free Zone without the necessary licence from Dubai Municipality.