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7,000 pastry items confiscated in Makkah; 8 workers held

Spurious and expired pastries and confectionery items sealed in packets of well-known companies ready for distribution in Makkah. — SG photos by Badea Abu Al-Naja
Spurious and expired pastries and confectionery items sealed in packets of well-known companies ready for distribution in Makkah. — SG photos by Badea Abu Al-Naja

By Badea Abu Al-Naja
Saudi Gazette

MAKKAH — Al-Omrah District Municipal Office’s inspectors destroyed 1,395 expired and spurious pastry and confectionery products and confiscated more than 7,000 such items. Eight expatriate works were arrested for illegally running a warehouse for packaging spurious and expired pastries and confectionery items.

Confiscated confectionery items being destroyed.
Confiscated confectionery items being destroyed.

The expat workers had rented the warehouse in a remote area in north Makkah and sealed pastries and confectionery items in packets of well-known companies.

They were about to distribute the products in Makkah when the inspectors raided the warehouse.

“The inspectors got suspicious about the activities in the warehouse. They kept a close eye on it for a few days until they made sure that it violates the hygiene requirements.

“The inspectors raided the warehouse and found a large amount of pastry and confectionery products that were on their way to the market,” said Khalid Sindi, head of Al-Omrah district municipal office.

The workers did not have any official health permits.

Sindi said the inspectors will continue to run intensive inspection visits all over Makkah.

Posted by: TimesofSaudia.com courtesy Saudi Gazette