The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has introduced the "Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) First Amendment Regulations, 2023", effective from March 1, 2024. According to the amendment, alcoholic beverages will only be permitted to display voluntary energy content declarations in kcal on their labels, with all other nutritional information prohibited.
The proposed amendments read:
In the Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018, - (1) In Part 2, in regulation 2.8, in sub-regulation 2.8.1 related to Malt or grain whisky, for clause (i) the following shall be substituted, namely, -
“(i) Single malt whisky is a distillate obtained from fermented mash that uses malted barley without adding any other grain, which is distilled in pot still only and produced in a single distillery.
(ia) Single grain whisky is a distillate obtained from a fermented mash that uses malted or unmalted grain, and produced in a single distillery. Single grain whisky shall not include single malt whisky and blended malt whisky or blended grain whisky”.
(2) In Part 5, for the regulation 5.5 the following shall be substituted, namely, - “5.5 Alcoholic beverage shall not contain any nutritional information on the label except energy content in kcal. Such declaration related to energy content shall be voluntary”.
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