- 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：
Part 1: Preliminary
Definitions and general requirements on water, permitted substances, packaging etc.
Definitions, General Requirements
Part 2: Distilled Alcoholic
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.
Some of the labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages set by this standard are presented below:
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
CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH.
Imported alcoholic beverages
Food Safety and Standards (Import) Regulations, 2017, shall also
In addition to those general labeling requirements, wine must indicate:
This standard will be formally implemented on 1st April 2019. Please refer to the reference link for the full text.