Three Udhampur shopkeepers, booked for selling misbranded food items, were slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 each here on Friday.
Additional deputy commissioner Surat Singh, also adjudicating officer, imposed the fine on the three defaulters under the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006.
The erring shopkeepers were Shakti Kumar of Basantgarh, Vishaw Kishore and Rakesh Gupta of Udhampur.
The three were found selling misbranded food items on prosecution launched by Zulafkar Ali, food safety officer, Udhampur, and Sanjeev Kumar, food safety officer, Ramnagar block. The trio confessed to the commission of the offence under Section 52 (1) of the Act and was warned to desist from indulging in such activities in future.
Meanwhile, the adjudicating officer directed the food safety officer and the designated officer under the Act to launch public awareness programmes by organising camps throughout the district.