Over two million masks and gloves, which were being hoarded for sale at a higher price later, have been seized during raids by inspection teams from the Ministry of Commerce.
The raids, which were carried out in cooperation with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), unearthed a commercial establishment stocking the goods illegally.
The goods were stocked in an unlicensed place without the knowledge of the SFDA. The authorities have confiscated the seized items and punitive measures have been taken against the firm with the case being referred to the concerned authorities.
The ministry has warned all importers against hoarding essential goods, warning that stringent punitive measures will be taken against violators.
The ministry has also called on all consumers to report about the violation by establishments and sales outlets through the app “commercial notification” or through the notification center by dialing the number 1900 or contacting the ministry’s official website.