• Starting from 1 April, 2019, a rule requiring all liquor bottles to carry a statutory warning that alcohol consumption is injurious to health, on the lines of message displayed on cigarette packets, has come into force. 

    All liquor bottles must carry this as well as the warning that people should not drive after drinking, the food safety regulator FSSAI's regulation on alcoholic beverage said.

    According to a Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) notification issued last year, it had mandated the liquor industry to carry the statutory warnings in a square box on the lines of tobacco industry.

    The Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018 mandated the makers to carry: "Consumption of alcohol is injurious to health. Be safe-dont drink and drive".

    It had specified that font size of statutory warning shall not be less than 3 milimeter in English language.

    "In case, respective states wish the same to be printed in their local or regional language, the same shall be allowed without the need for repeating the English version," it added.

    The FSSAI has also given a time of six months to the manufacturer for use of "unused labels and printed cans".

    "The same as well as alcoholics beverages manufactured prior to April 1, 2019 can be sold in the market up to March 31, 2020," it said.

    However, over the issue of parameter of yeast count in the various categories of beer, the FSSAI has put the matter in abeyances.

    "These modifications may be incorporated in the regulations after following due notification process," it said.

    Source: The Times of India

    8C4E6243 011D 7C42 3997A751037F310F

    About the author

    Divya Sagar

    Divya Sagar is Content Editor at CNT Expositions and Services and manages the content of its online website, Packaging 360, a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform. With a longstanding commitment to the site's content, she is credited with tracking and publishing news related to Packaging Industry. She also tracks market trends, key developments and market analysis reports.


Want to write for us?