A video of a group of men in red-white uniforms dumping products into a truck is viral on social media. It is being claimed that Kuwaitis are throwing away these products in the light of calls for a boycott of French products by several Muslim-majority countries.
Facebook page ‘S D VIDEO Production Youtube කුවේට්’ has posted the video with the same claim. At the time of writing this article, it has been viewed more than 12,000 times. (archive link)
කුවේට් සියළුම ප්රංශ නිෂ්පාදන කුණු කසළ බවට විසිකර දමයි.👌
Kuwait Put All France Products In Garbage👌
Posted by S D VIDEO Production Youtube කුවේට් on Tuesday, 3 November 2020
Alt News performed a reverse search on one of the keyframes of the video extracted with the help of digital verification tool InVid and found that the video is from Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahsa municipality. A report by Arabic website Al Marsd published on May 14, 2020 included this video. According to the report, the Ministry of Trade destroyed large quantities of cheese spoilt due to poor storage. The Ministry also denied the rumours circulating at the time that these products contained carcinogenic substances.
Saudi Arabian media portal Anti Rumor Authority had also put out a tweet debunking this rumour. The Twitter bio of Anti Rumor Authority says that it is a network “to address rumours and contain them so that they do not constitute harm to society.”
مايتداول عن مصادرة منتجات إماراتية من الأجبان في السعودية غير مطابقة للمواصفات ومسرطنة غير صحيح, والفيديو الحقيقي لمصادرة وإتلاف منتجات اجبان بسبب ظهور علامات التلف بسبب سوء التخزين كما أكدت ذلك وزارة التجارة.https://t.co/51W1OcObWq#تأكد_لوطنك pic.twitter.com/X8yFRA2S5D
— هيئة مكافحة الإشاعات (@No_Rumors) May 14, 2020
UAE’s English newspaper Gulf News reported, “Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Hussain, official spokesperson of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment and General Supervisor of Marketing and Communication, said competent authorities confiscated and destroyed 1,628 rotten cheese products in Al Ahsa, the largest governorate in the kingdom’s eastern region.”