Saudi police arrest workers replacing known-brand rice with low-quality substitute 

Saudi police arrest workers replacing known-brand rice with low-quality substitute 
A team from the Ministry of Trade and Investment combined with a field control force and raided the warehouse, located in a neighborhood in central Riyadh. (Screengrab)
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Updated 05 February 2020

Saudi police arrest workers replacing known-brand rice with low-quality substitute 

Saudi police arrest workers replacing known-brand rice with low-quality substitute 

RIYADH: Saudi police say they have raided a warehouse in Riyadh where known-brands of rice are being replaced with a low-quality substitute to deceive consumers. 

A team from the Ministry of Trade and Investment combined with a field control force and raided the warehouse, located in a neighborhood in central Riyadh, on Monday.

The illegal operation appeared to be run by four foreign workers of different nationalities.

The warehouse contained 19,500 bags of well-known rice brands that were being re-filled with poor-quality rice to deceive consumers and without the approval of the original companies.  

Head of the inspection team, Saleh al-Anzi, said: “These shoddy goods were marketed to small shops in popular markets,” in a statement quoted by Al Arabiya Television Channel.