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Norms notified for non-alcoholic counterparts of alcobev & flavoured beer.
Jun 23, 2022

FSSAI has notified the Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) First Amendment Regulations, 2022, wherein the food authority has made provisions for ‘non-alcoholic counterparts of alcoholic beverage’ and ‘flavoured beer’ in the FSS (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018.
The regulations make provisions for ‘non-alcoholic counterparts’ in the Part 1 of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulations of 2018 wherein it defines such beverage and requirement to be claimed as ‘non-alcoholic counterparts’ and the alcoholic content at 0.5%.
The regulations say, 'Non-alcoholic counterpart of alcoholic beverage' means non-alcoholic beverage having alcohol content less than or equal to 0.5% alcohol by volume, which shall meet all the requirements of respective alcoholic beverage of origin except the ethyl alcohol content. '
Additionally, the notification says that the alcoholic beverage of the origin must undergo the process of fermentation and the produced alcohol is removed thereafter.
Also, about beer, the notified amendment regulation added provisions for flavoured beer in Part 4 of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulations of 2018 related to beer.
The amendment says, 'Flavoured Beer: Beer containing flavours as per the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, and such beer shall meet all the other requirements of the beer, as specified under these regulations.'
These regulations shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official gazette, the notification adds.