The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has stated that there should not be any nutritional info on the label of an alcoholic beverage. The food regulator has notified amended regulations, in this regard, stating that except energy content, the label should not carry any nutritional info.

Called the Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) First Amendment Regulations, 2023, the regulation read, “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”.

Also, the food authority has updated the regulations related to malt or grain whisky under the FSS (Alcoholic Beverages) Regulations, 2018. The notified regulations define the single malt and single grain whisky under the notified regulation.

These regulations lay that ‘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.

While, ‘Single Grain’ whisky is a distillate obtained from a fermented mash that uses malted or un-malted grain, and produced in a single distillery, single grain whisky shall not include single malt whisky and blended malt whisky or blended grain whisky.

The draft of these regulations was made available to the public in May, 2022, and based on the objections and suggestions received, these regulations called the Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages) First Amendment Regulations, 2023, were notified and shall come into force on March 1, 2024.