FSSAI license for energy drinks in India

Energy drinks are products which are usually made of caffeine and they claim to provide energy and mental and physical stimulation, hence termed as energy drinks. These drinks or products are available as chocolates, drinks and other food items. They may or may not be carbonated but contain high amount of sugar or sweeteners, caffeine, taurine and amino acids. Many people consume these drinks for a better performance, increased attention and stamina. However, it is found out that consumption of these products lead to higher risks in your health, despite the commercials shown as healthy energy drinks. This is a billion dollar industry earning huge amount of profits through these energy drinks. There is a study published by World Health Organization, which says that increased use of these energy drinks have ill side effects on your health. This can turn out to be changes in behavior patter, increased consumption of sugar, addiction, etc. which is bad for children, adults and pregnant women.

Therefore to reduce this, FSSAI has come up with its check and regulation, so whoever and whichever company is starting this business compulsorily needs to get FSSAI registration and energy drinks license irrespective of its turnover.

FSSAI standards for the use of contents in the beverages

The manufactures are required to first get energy drink’s license. FSSAI has set certain standard and limits on the products used for making these drinks. Like the caffeine level should not be less than 145 mg/liter and not more than 30 mg/ liter, saccharin sodium should not exceed 100 pm, sucralose should not exceed 300 ppm, etc.

The beverage manufacturers need to appoint a supervisor for audit and periodical check of food products whether they are in limit to the given provisions by the FSSAI and they are safe for consumption by the customers and are well within food standards.

If the energy drink contains any fruit, it should be written on it about the fruit item.

The product is also required to comply with the microbiological level of the food standard

  1. Total soluble solids (m/m) should not be more than 10.0 percent
  2. Fruit content (m/m)- lime or lemon juice should not be more than 5 percent and other fruits not more than 10 percent.

Packaging and labeling requirements under FSSAI

  • Plastic bottles which are made of polycarbonate and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) contain Blue tint, like for 5-liter pack bottle or above must comply with the Indian standard i.e. IS 9833. Also, according to the IS:9845 the amount of pigment/color used must not exceed 60 mg/ liter.
  • Caffeinated beverages/ energy drinks must have caution written, and specify that the product is not recommended for children under specific age and pregnant or lactating women.
  • Manufacturers must clearly mention declaration indicating that the maximum number of product that can be consumed per day.
  • Energy drinks that are sold in India should remove word ‘energy’ and write ‘caffeinated beverage’.
  • All the packaging labeling should be done in returnable containers.

When these standards are met by the companies, only then FSSAI will issue energy drink’s license to the company.

Summary:

There is an increasing trend of energy drinks concept. All the manufactures should apply for such production and distribution’s energy drink’s license and comply with the guidelines and safety food stands mentioned by FSSAI. And also periodical check of hazard and safety standards should be done.

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