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Dept. of Economic development destroys counterfeited products

Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development destroyed the first batch of counterfeited products which were seized by commercial protection inspectors, some of which represent health hazard to consumers.Mr. Ahmad Taresh Obaid Al-Qubaisi, director of commercial protection per interim commented by saying: “this batch consists the beginning of a series of similar operations we are planning to conduct during 2010, to eradicate this malpractice and ensure that our markets are free from the products that do not suit with the business environment in Abu Dhabi, and protect the consumers’ rights as well as the rights of trade mark owners, and reinforce their trust in Abu Dhabi’s markets as well as to preserve the pleasant look of the Emirate by putting an end to the phenomena of street vendors”.Al-Qubaisi added that: “2010 will witness a tremendous change in the inspectors’ practice, especially after providing them with enough training to empower them to perform their job”, praising the collaboration of law enforcement authorities and the judicial sector, which represent “the legal backup to the inspectors’ work and further enhance their presence in the field and their efficiency”, so the inspectors can seize directly any dangerous or indecent products in addition to issuing the appropriate fines as described in the law number 2/2009 on the establishment of the department of Economic Development.He praised the ongoing collaboration with the UAE Red Crescent, as the department provides them with seized food products and other consumer products seized from street vendors.The total number of destroyed products reached 11263 items, consisting of the following: 402 tobacco and nutrition products, 2710 cosmetics, skin care and shampoo, 5129 electronic and electrical products and phones, 3022 clothing, shoes and accessories.The department of economic development leads a continuous campaign against street vendors and commercial counterfeiting and all other malpractices that fall under the department’s mandate, around the clock, and it encourages consumers and members of the Public to keep on communicating with the department, with their complaints or suggestions to the toll free number 8008811
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