36,000 fake shampoo packs, printer inks seized in Riyadh

Updated 26 March 2014
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36,000 fake shampoo packs, printer inks seized in Riyadh

Field inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce have seized more than 36,000 adulterated products like printer ink cartridges, shampoo and beauty creams from different locations, including old houses in southern Riyadh, Saudi Press Agency said.
Workers in these locations used to store and re-pack these products and sell them to other stores claiming that they were original and made by world famous brands, the agency said.
All seized items were confiscated and destroyed and those in charge of the locations were called for further investigation, the agency said.
In two different cases, the ministry’s inspection teams raided a two-floor popular house in Shimaisi District and two apartments in Malaz District where foreign workers were filling fake printer ink cartridges, the agency said, adding that over 12,000 such fake cartridges carrying global brand names were seized.
In a related development, the ministry’s inspectors seized more than 24,000 shampoo and cream packs from unknown sources in a popular house in Dira District, the agency said.


Pompeo meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks on Aramco attacks

Updated 19 min 15 sec ago

Pompeo meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks on Aramco attacks

  • Pompeo described the drone and cruise missile strikes on Saturday as an 'Iranian attack'
  • Pompeo was met at Jeddah airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf. 

JEDDAH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday described strikes on key Saudi oil installations as an “act of war” as he landed in Jeddah to meet with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo described the drone and cruise missile strikes on Saturday as an “Iranian attack”.

He said it had not come from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militants and that there was no evidence the attacks had been launched from Iraq.

"This is an attack of a scale we've just not seen before," he added.

Pompeo was met at Jeddah airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.

Pompeo's visit comes as President Donald Trump said on Wednesday there were many options short of war with Iran after Saudi Arabia's display of remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in the I that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran.

"There are many options. There's the ultimate option and there are options that are a lot less than that. And we'll see," Trump told reporters in Los Angeles. "I'm saying the ultimate option meaning go in — war."

Trump, who earlier said on Twitter that he had ordered the US Treasury to "substantially increase" sanctions on Iran, told reporters the unspecified, punitive economic measures would be unveiled within 48 hours.

Trump's tweet followed repeated US assertions that the Islamic Republic was behind Saturday's attack on Aramco facilities and came hours after Saudi Arabia said the strike was a "test of global will."

Earlier on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had spoken with US President Donald Trump about the Aramco attack, and agreed that Iran must not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Also on Wednesday, Kuwait's army released a statement announcing it was raising its preparedness level for some units, given the tensions in the Middle East region.