The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said that from April 2019, all bottles containing alcoholic beverages will carry a warning asking people not to drink and drive. The move comes following a Public Interest Litigation filed in 2017 by social activist Prince Singhal, who runs a non-government organisation Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD).
Citing Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages Standards) Regulations, 2018, the FSSAI in a recent order said the warning “Consumption of alcohol is injurious to health. Be safe - Don’t drink and drive” can be printed on the labels of alcoholic beverages—both Indian Made Foreign Liquors (IMFL) and the imported ones. This warning can also be printed in the local or regional language, if any state desires to do so, it said. “In such cases, there would be no requirement of also printing this warning in English,” the FSSAI said. The food safety commissioners of all states and Union territories have been directed to ensure that the warning is printed uniformly from April 1, 2019.