New Standards for Cafeeinated Beverages – FSSAI

Food safety regulator FSSAI has operationalised standards for caffeinated beverages and allowed use of blue tint in plastic container of five litre and above for packaging of mineral water. Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) had sought public comments on the issue way back in 2013. But the same was reviewed and approved in May 2016. 

In a fresh circular, the FSSAI has said the finalised standards for caffeinated beverages and use of blue tint in plastic container of five litre and above for packaging of mineral water have been operationalised from November 4 till the issuance of final notification. 
As per the new standards, water used in preparation of caffeinated beverages should conform to the standards of packaged drinking water. It should contain not less than 145 mg per liter and not more than 300 mg per litre total caffeine from whatever sources. 
A declaration consumer not more than 500 ml per day should be made on the label that represents the per day quantity, the FSSAI said. Vitamins namely thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B12 may be added at one recommended daily allowance level. 
That apart, the FSSAI has allowed use of blue tint in plastic container of five liter and above of poly carbonate and poly ethylene terephthalate (PET) used for packaging mineral water.
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