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Foods regulator issues draft regulations for Alcoholic Drinks


Foods Regulator Issues Draft Regulations for Alcoholic Drinks

New Delhi:India’s food safety regulator has issued draft regulations for alcoholic beverages that, according to the industry, is in line with international standards.

Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Friday also made public a list of additives to be used for making alcoholic beverages such as whisky, rum, beer, vodka, wine and brandy. Its draft regulations — which will be operationalised by next month after the regulator receives suggestion from the public and related companies — have specified labelling norms for each category of liquor.

The new standards would also bring liqueur under the ambit of liquor.

Amrit Kiran Singh, chairman of International Spirits & Wines Association of India, said the new regulations are contemporary and “in line with the international standards”.

The association has multinational companies such as Diageo United Spirits, Pernod Ricard, Moet Hennessey, Beam Suntory, Bacardi, Remy Martin, Brown Forman, William Grants and Edrington as its members.

The FSSAI draft has defined liqueur as “an alcoholic beverages made from distilled spirit that is flavoured with fruit, cream, herbs, spices which contains more than 15% ethyl alcohol by v/v. It shall not contain more than10% sugar, dextrose, laevulose or a combination thereof by weight made by mixing or redistilling any class or type of spirits with fruits, flowers, cream, plants or pure juices therefrom or other natural flavouring materials or with extracts derived from infusions, percolation or maceration of such approved botanical substances.”

The regulator had earlier operationalised a list of 11,000 food additives that can be used by food businesses.

Source : Economic Times

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