The Delhi High Court asked the FSSAI, which is under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to consider the plea of Prince Singhal, Activist, road safety expert and founder of Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD) to put pictorial warnings along with a clear and direct warning against drinking and driving on every alcohol bottle, whether Indian or Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL).
It wanted to know the stand of the Central and Delhi Governments, and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on the issue.
FSSAI officials said that it is in process of finalising standards for all alcoholic beverages and also studying the global practices regarding warnings and messages about drunk driving.
The court had refused to give directions to increase the size of statutory warnings on liquor bottles and packaging, saying it was in the realm of policy making. But it asked the FSSAI to consider the plea as a suggestion and take a firm view in this regard. As many as 1,00,000 people die every year due to drunk driving, and drunk driving was responsible for over 72% of fatal accidents.