FSSAI extends the timeline for labeling of Indian brandy

Brandy made from sources other than molasses

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The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in a letter dated 30 January 2020 has postponed the period for implementation of labeling of Indian brandy as ‘Indian Brandy (Made from Molasses Spirit)’ and for the use of unused old labels and printed cans. FSSAI had decided to implement the Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018. The period of labeling of Indian brandy as ‘Indian Brandy (Made from Molasses Spirit)’ and use of unused old labels and printed cans were extended up to 31 March 2020.

The food regulatory authority has received comments from various stakeholders on the draft Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverage Standards), which suggested to change the labeling requirements of Indian Brandy that is Indian Brandy (Made from Molasses Spirit) because Brandy is widely made from sources other than molasses.

Speaking about the labeling regulations, Dr Shobhit Jain, executive director – Compliance Strategy and Training of FSSAI, said, “Based on these comments, the labeling requirements are being revised for the finalization of the draft notification. However, as the notification of final amendment will take time, the representations were also received from various stakeholders stating that they have to register the label with the respective state government’s excise department well in advance for timely printing that is in January for the next excise year and requested to extend the period for implementation of the labelling of Indian brandy as ‘Indian Brandy (Made from Molasses Spirit).”

He adds, “After due consideration, it has been decided that the use of implementation of the labeling of Indian brandy as ‘Indian Brandy (Made from Molasses Spirit)’ is further extended till final notification of Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverage Standards) – Amendment Regulations.”

He stated that comments were received from stakeholders on the amended regulations, which were out in July 2019, and FSSAI received several suggestions to change the labeling requirement of Indian brandy from the proposed ‘Indian Brandy (Made from Molasses Spirit),’ because brandy is widely made from sources other than molasses.

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