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FSSAI Standards for (Caffeinated Beverages) Soft and Energy Drinks

The increasing advertisement and trending reels or videos on social media promoting caffeinated beverages has definitely grabbed attention among youngsters but this is merely raising health hazards. In India, it is already a billion-dollar sector that is growing at a pace of 20-25% each year. 

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However, caffeinated drinks require an Fssai license. In this article, we are going to talk about why caffeinated beverages are in need of fssai regulations.

FSSAI: Introduction

The love and addiction for caffeinated products is randomly rising. On a daily basis, millions of people have started to drink caffeinated beverages such as cola and energy drinks. Most teenagers and young adults have started consuming it, especially school and college students to improve concentration, endurance and stamina.

Caffeinated beverages are non-alcoholic effervescent beverages containing caffeine, as well as additional substances and additives. The inclusion of caffeine, according to a report released by the World Health Organization, is responsible for the health hazards linked with non-alcoholic drinks. Caffeine overdose can produce over stimulation, palpitations and behavioral abnormalities in both children and adults. In youngsters and pregnant women, it can have major adverse effects.

Consumption of caffeinated beverages has become a trend, we can see the social platform where celebrities and youngsters have started promoting it. Due to this craze, The Food Safety and Rules Authority of India (FSSAI) has introduced new standards to the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 covering caffeinated beverages and the usage of blue tint in plastic bottles under the section of Beverages Non-alcoholic Carbonated Food Products. This change goes into effect on 4 November 2016, with immediate impact.

FSSAI Water Recommends Caffeinated Beverage Standards

Water used in caffeinated beverages should meet the criteria for packaged drinking water set out in the 2011 Food Safety and Standards Regulations.

Composition Essential

The FSSAI recommends a caffeine intake of no less than 145 mg per liter and no more than 300 mg per liter.

Ingredients That Are Optional

If any substance is added to the composition of caffeinated drinks, food business operators (FBOs) must get authorization from the FSSAI. Flavors, artificial sweeteners, additives, and sweeteners are examples of such ingredients.

Caffeinated beverages should be labeled with a maximum daily intake limit of 500 ml.

Vitamins including thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 have one recommended daily amount (RDA) in caffeinated drinks.

Listed below are substances and maximum amount of consumption in a single day as recommended by FSSAI.

  • Taurine is limited to 2000mg/per day
  • D-glucuronic-Y-lactone is limited to 1200/per day
  • Inositol is limited to 100 mg/per day
  • Pantothenic acid is limited to 10mg/per day.


The amount of caffeine per pack/serve must be clearly labeled. ‘Not suggested for youngsters, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, or individuals allergic to caffeine,’ prominently displayed in the food product’s warnings section.

The addition of Blue Tint to carbonated bottles must meet certain criteria.

Blue tint used in polycarbonate and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles with a capacity of 5 liters or more must comply with Indian standard IS : 9833. According to IS: 9845, the quantity of pigment/color shall not exceed 60 mg/liter.


This is how the FSSAI plays an essential part in food products or drinks; it not only helps the food business operator achieve consumer trust, but it also helps the client trust such a brand that has been approved by the FSSAI. Contact the experts at Vakilsearch to get your FSSAI license today!

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