Mechanisms - Inspection of imported infant foods

Established year:


  • Monitoring compliance
  • Public dissemination of monitoring results
  • Applying sanctions to identified violations

Mandated to monitor compliance with national legislative or other appropriate measure. Monitoring in: health facilities, media, billboards, retail shops, pharmacies.


Monitoring has been conducted since early 2000. It is conducted on an ongoing basis. The last monitoring exercise reported to WHO in 2014 took place among different governorate mainly on the following: health facilities, media, billboards/signs, retail shops, pharmacies and in ports that import, manufacture, sell , store or advertise BMS. Sanctions were imposed on the violations identified during monitoring, including administrative sanctions. Taxes are paid for every additional day the shipment stays on docs in the port. No permission is given for entry until labels are changed. In some cases the product is followed up in the supermarkets, and the whole stock is removed from the shelves if the violation persists. The responsible agency for imposing sanctions is the Food Control Section of Public Health Directorate - Ministry of Health & the Minister of Health, who will nominate a special committee for investigating violations of the decree. This committee has the authority of applying the disciplinary actions. When violations are identified,
• The product or commodity is held in the port and the company is given specific duration (e.g. 6 months maximum) to change the labels.
• No “stick on” labels allowed, permanent and non-removable labels are necessary.
• Official clarification letters sent to company representatives.
• Donations from violating companies have been rejected (medical equipment).
• Emphasize the importance of stick to the Amiri Decree 1995: Control on the use, Marketing and Promotion of Breast-milk Substitutes to the announcement of the amended Decree of the Infant Food Control Regulations 2012/2013.
• Company is required to conduct all mentioned changes to receive product entrance approval letter.

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