Al­co­hol bot­tles will start car­ry­ing ‘don’t drink & drive’ la­bel

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All bot­tles con­tain­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages will carry a statu­tory warn­ing telling peo­ple that al­co­hol is harm­ful to health and ask­ing them not to drink and drive. This reg­u­la­tion will come into force from 1 April 2019, the coun­try’s food reg­u­la­tor Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) has di­rected.

Cit­ing Food Safety and Stan­dards (Al­co­holic Bev­er­ages Stan­dards) Reg­u­la­tions, 2018, which will come into ef­fect from 1 April 2019, FSSAI has in a re­cent or­der as­serted that Reg­u­la­tion 5.12 stip­u­lates the re­quire­ment of a statu­tory warn­ing stat­ing this: ‘Con­sump­tion of al­co­hol is in­ju­ri­ous to health. Be safe — don’t drink and drive’. This is to be printed in English lan­guage on the la­bel of al­co­holic bev­er­ages. The size of this statu­tory warn­ing will not be less than 3 mm.

This warn­ing can also be printed in the lo­cal or re­gional lan­guage if any state de­sires to do so, the FSSAI has clar­i­fied, adding that “in such cases, there would be no re­quire­ment of also print­ing this warn­ing in English.”

The food reg­u­la­tor has di­rected the food safety com­mis­sion­ers of all states and union ter­ri­to­ries to en­sure that this di­rec­tive is im­ple­mented uni­formly, in co­or­di­na­tion with ex­cise de­part­ments of states.

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