After Maggi and Milk, FSSAI is now to set standards for alcoholic beverages

by Giz TimesJune 29, 2015

After Maggi and milk it seems like the officials are now turning up their noses on your drinks. The FSSAI (Food Safety Standards Authority of India) is now tracking down the alcoholic drinks for their quality and standards. In two months’ time says the FSSAI, they will come up with draft notification on the standards of Beer and Whiskey among other alcoholic beverages.

It is decided that once these standards on alcohol and alcoholic drinks are framed, all the states and Union Territories will be intimidated so that they can further inform and advice the respective excise departments.

Adding to this, in terms of packaging the FSSAI has already proposed that alcoholic beverages, pan masala and supari may not be treated as “unsafe food” just because of the mandatory warning on their covers.

This proposal has been made in the Safety and Standards (Food Recall Procedure) Regulations,2015 which has been put up for public comments as well.

“In the case of alcoholic beverages, pan masala, supari, the mandatory mention of warning ‘consumption of alcohol/ pan masala/ supari is injurious to health’ may not be treated as unsafe food as part of any recall plan unless the beverage or food is determined unsafe as per the classification of recall making it injurious to health or even causing death,” the proposal said.

These draft norms have been put up for comments on May 29 and extends up to August 1.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)has been established under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments.

FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

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