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Qatar officials raid factory after major retailer found to be selling bogus cleaning products



An illegal factory in the Industrial Area has been raided after it was found to be manufacturing substandard cleaning products that were being sold by a major retailer in Doha, reports the Peninsula

It’s thought the goods – labeled “Hand Sanitizer,” “Disinfectant,” “Carpet Shampoo,” “Thick Bleach,” and “Hand Wash” – were all made using expired sterilizing hand gel. The bottles also failed to display mandatory information like their country of origin and expiry dates.

The government’s Consumer Protection Department was alerted to the problem when the products made their way onto the shelves of 11 outlets of an unidentified major retailer in Qatar.

All of the offending products have now been removed from the shelves, reports the Peninsula.

The Consumer Protection Department has not released the brand name of the bogus products. 

Not the end

The newspaper adds that this is likely not to be an isolated case, noting that many poor quality cleaning products are sold in Doha’s small shops, often to cleaning companies who carry out contract work. 

The government rarely names and shames businesses which violate consumer protection laws. However, it did make an exception last September when it published the names of fish restaurants which had been found to be passing off cheap white fish as Hammour. 


Credit: Photo by Jacqueline Tinney

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