Three traders fined for storing banned gutka

Shimla, May 31 (IANS) Three local traders were Friday fined Rs.100,000 each, the highest penalty levied so far in Himachal Pradesh, for storing banned tobacco-based products, an official said.

Shimla Municipal Corporation health official Omesh Bharti fined the traders after over 300 kg gutka (tobacco-laced areca nut pieces) and pan masala were seized from them.

They have been fined under the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006.

The government Oct 2 last year imposed a complete ban in the state on the sale, storage, manufacture and distribution of tobacco-based products.


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