Liquor Bottles to carry Statutory Warning as per FSSAI Regulations

Last Updated at: May 28, 2020
Liquor Bottles to carry Statutory Warning as per FSSAI Regulations
The Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) has approached the Government to allow home delivery of liquors during the lockdown period. HipBar, a Chennai-based start-up has already received permission for delivery from FSSAI to operate within Bengaluru.


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has started a few stern measures so as to execute appropriate food safety guidelines and policies in the food business. The fundamental goal of FSSAI is to manage the sustenance business so as to deal with general wellbeing and security for all reasons.

FSSAI has been associated with routine investigations of nourishment organizations so as to check registration and permit concerning FSSAI. The Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 has standard for just toddy as liquor beverages.

In the year 2017, the World Health Organisation expressed that Labelling of alcoholic products can be considered as one of the significant segment of public wellbeing policy so as to decrease the damage brought about by liquor. So as to set up a superior social understanding it is essential to express the health associated issues as labels on the liquor packaging and bottling.

According to the rules of WHO the spirits have the greatest liquor substance of 42.8% yet on examination the local spirits are said to be stronger as its liquor content is supposed to be approximately 50%. The FSSAI until now did not have any standards to direct the country spirits liquor quality.

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Statutory warning labels on alcohol bottles in India

The Food Safety and Standards (Alcohol Beverages) Regulations, 2018 make it obligatory for the producers of liquor to convey a statutory cautioning “Consumption of alcohol is injurious to health.” Moreover, the alcohol container should likewise convey “Don’t drink and drive” on its label. The direction has been passed under Section 16(5) of Foods Safety and Standards Act to be implemented from 1st April 2019. This improvement pursues an order passed by Delhi High Court on the appeal filed by the NGOs against drink and drive.

• Drinking and driving are viewed as a deliberate crime and it must be treated as a pre-mediated crime as the individual who is driving the vehicle is very much aware that in such case mishap can be caused which can prompt huge damage to him and others too.
• The same will be applicable to all distilled liquor which incorporates rum, vodka, brandy, whiskey, country spirit, and gin. A 6 months timeframe has been given to the makers to the utilisation of both “printed cans and unused labels”.
• It has been likewise been granted that there must be an explicit necessity for labelling of liquors along with the labelling granted and referenced by Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011.
• If the liquor content is over 0.5% then in such case the explicit labelling should be included to make declaring the volume of the liquor content, labelling of standard drinking, and the equivalent must exclude any information on health benefits or nutritional claims and restrictions forced on the words, for example, ‘non-intoxicating’ or related phrases.
• Several wine-based products have compulsory guidelines which specify the country of origin, its sugar amount, the sort of grape or natural product which has been utilised alongside the name of deposits of additives or added substances included or present in it.
• Moreover, some other labelling prerequisites of liquor incorporate the description of the conventional name of the range of grape and crude material utilised in making the ultimate product. In case any sustenance item contains liquor in it, in such cases it must be denoted precisely that the item contains alcohol.
• All alcohol bottles need to meet the terms of the specific labelling requirements alongside the general naming specifications which had been determined by the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling).

Criteria regarding statutory warning

The notice published by FSSAI has instructed the liquor industry to carry

1. Cautions in a square-shaped box on the one line similar to the tobacco industry.
2. The font size for the cautions ought not to be smaller than 3 mm,
3. And that it ought to be in the English language.

Treatment of existing liquor labels

The guideline as for statutory cautioning has been authorised by the FSSAI on the alcohol bottles. A recommended time breaking point of a half year has been given to all the alcohol producers for utilising the names which still exist and printed jars of existing liquor drinks. FSSAI has expressed that the liquor that has been made before first April 2019 can be permitted to be sold in the market up to 31st March 2020. This resolution has been taken absolutely in light of a legitimate concern for general health and security. All the alcohol producers and sellers must hold registration or permit of FSSAI regarding their magnitude of the business.

There are statutory alerts on liquor, yet it just notices that ‘Alcohol consumption is injurious for health.’ People who are consuming it most presumably realise that consumption of such thing is probably going to be harmful to their health yet it’s not an adequate stride so as to lessen its consumption. So as to decrease the usage and consumption of liquor it must appear in the statutory warning what parts of the body it influences the most, which most important parts of the body it can affect, loss of life, and a few more incidents of the affected individuals or their body parts. As most of the time visuals can do what words proved unable.

A lawyer with 14 years' experience, Vikram has worked with several well-known corporate law firms before joining Vakilsearch.