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India Releases Comprehensive Alcoholic Beverage Standard

  •   13 Apr 2018
  •    Giacomo Cirillo
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    • India FSSAI published a comprehensive standard on alcoholic beverages containing detailed requirements for beer, fermented and distilled drinks.

    On April 5, the Food Safety Standards Agency of India (FSSAI) published a standard on alcoholic beverages destined to become the basis of all regulations in this field called Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018. The following table displays its contents:

    Section Name

    Content

    Subsections

    Additional

    Part 1: Preliminary

     

     

     

     

    Definitions and general requirements on water, permitted substances, packaging etc.
     

    Definitions, General Requirements

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    Part 2: Distilled Alcoholic

    Beverages

     

     

     

     

    Definitions and requirements on different distilled alcoholic beverages.

    Brandy, Country Liquors, Fenny or Feni, Gin, Rum, Vodka, Liqueur or Cordial or Aperitifs, Whisky or Whiskey,

    Pot-still distilled spirit

    Table 1: allowed content of different substances

    Part 3: Wine and other fermented beverages

     

     

     

     

    Definitions and requirements on different types of wine and fermented beverages.

    Wine(includes grape wine, sparkling wine, fortified wine, wine from other fruits and wine from other agriculture sources), additional requirements.

    Table 2: allowed content of different substances

    Part 4: Beer

     

     

     

     

    Definitions and requirements on different types of beers.

    Regular or strong, lager, ale, wheat beer, stout and porter, additional requirements.

    Table 3: allowed content of different substances
     

    Part 5: Specific Labeling Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages

     

     

     

     

     

    Mandatory labeling requirements.

    Alcohol content, standard drinks, geographical indications, expiration date, allergen warning, health warning, etc.

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    Some of the labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages set by this standard are presented below:

    Scope

    Requirement
     

    All alcoholic beverages

     Alcohol content shall be expressed as per cent. abv or as proof.
     

     Shouldn’t contain any nutritional information or health claim.

     

     Allergen warning in case of sulphur dioxide exceeding 10mg/l.
     

     Statutory warning of no less than 3 mm printed in English or   
     local/regional language containing the following text:

    CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH. 
    BE SAFE-DONT DRINK AND DRIVE

     

    Imported alcoholic beverages

     

     Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2017, shall also
     apply.

     

    Wine

    In addition to those general labeling requirements, wine must indicate:

    • country of origin,
    • sugar amount,
    • variety of grape or fruit used,  
    • name of residues of preservatives/additives.
       

    This standard will be formally implemented on 1st April 2019. Please refer to the reference link for the full text.

    Reference link

    Gazette Notification on Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018

     

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