Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified the new regulations for alcoholic beverages. The new regulation states that alcoholic beverage makers will seek approvals from excise commissioners for adopting new labelling norms, including statutory warnings on liquor bottles.
The new set of labelling norms will be fully in place in six months.
Last year, the food regulator had issued a regulation on alcoholic beverages and the same became effective from April 1. According to this regulation, all liquor bottles need to carry a statutory warning that "consumption of alcohol is injurious to health. Be safe-don’t drink and drive".
Pawan Agarwal, CEO of FSSAI, said, "I think for alcoholic beverages sector, the implementation of these standards is a significant way forward in order to improve the quality and standards of alcoholic beverages available in the country."
"So far, it was primarily regulated by excise commissioners and they were only looking at alcoholic content and the toxic substances in alcohol. Now, there are far more elaborate standards that are benchmarked with the global standards and in certain cases, they have taken the Indian context also in consideration," he further stated.