Muscat: Oman authorities have arrested an unspecified number of traders for tampering with the expiry date of products used by children.
According to a report by the government-owned Oman News Agency (ONA), the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) uncovered more than 1.8 million pieces of expired candy and other products used by children.
The accused, all expatriates, illegally extended the expiry dates by several years.
The accused were caught red-handed as they prepared to distribute the products in Oman.
The accused, engaged in this practice for several years, had distributed these products in several shops using company vehicles and some distributors.
Saeed Bin Khamis Al Kaabi, Chairman of the PACP, said that some unscrupulous suppliers and traders had devised methods to generate money.
Al Kaabi also said that the deterrent laws were weak and cooperation from a few other relevant organisations was still unsatisfactory.
He, however, praised the cooperation extended by the Public Prosecution and the Royal Oman Police