Subsequent time you lay your fingers on that bottle of spirit, beer or wine, you will notice a statutory warning just like the one on tobacco or cigarette packets.
Following a directive from the Meals Security and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) issued in 2018, all liquor bottles will carry cautionary messages of “Consuming is injurious to well being” and “Do not Drink and Drive” on their labels from April 1.
The choice to hold the warnings comes amid an try and make individuals conscious of the dangerous results of consuming on their well being.
All producers of alcoholic drinks must observe the FSSAI directive and make sure the bottles come etched with the warning prominently.
As per the meals regulator’s specs, alcoholic beverage bottles of as much as 200 ml ought to carry the labeled warning message with capital letters at least 1.5 mm excessive whereas the bottles bigger than 200 ml could have letters 3mm tall.
“Alcoholic drinks are additionally regulated underneath the meals security Act. Nonetheless, there have been no labelling laws created underneath the Act to this point due to which the producers used to observe the excise legal guidelines and requirements set by the Bureau of Indian Requirements. Now that we’ve created laws, these must be adhered to,” Pawan Aggarwal, chief govt officer, FSSAI advised Hindustan Occasions.
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The meals regulator had in 2018 notified a separate regulation for alcoholic drinks. The brand new regulation referred to as the Meals Security and Requirements (Alcoholic Drinks Requirements) Regulation, 2018 will apply on all distilled alcoholic drinks (brandy, nation liquor, gin, rum, vodka and whisky, liqueur or alcoholic cordial), wines and beer.
Other than the cautionary message, the liquor bottles containing greater than 0.5% alcohol by quantity may even carry a label declaration concerning the alcohol content material, no dietary knowledge, no well being declare, allergen warning, and restriction on phrases equivalent to “non-intoxicating” or phrases implying related that means.