FSSAI introduces 'special category' provision to promote gender equality in food industry

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) introduced a new provision called 'Special Category' in the FOSCOS portal.

An Overview of the News

  • This provision aims to promote gender equality and equal opportunities for women and transgender entrepreneurs in the food business sector.

  • Under this provision, licensing and registration authorities will give priority to 'special category' applications.

  • Priority will be maintained in such a way that a one-to-one ratio is maintained between 'Special Category' applications and regular applications, unless there are no pending applications in any category.

  • Persons belonging to 'Special Category' will be identified through Aadhaar/PAN (Permanent Account Number) authentication during the application submission process.

About FOSCOS (Food Safety Compliance System):

  • FOSCOS was introduced by FSSAI in 2020 as an upgraded version of the Food Licensing and Registration System (FLRS), which was initially launched in 2012.

  • It serves the purpose of issuing all India FSSAI licenses and registrations.

  • FOSCOS is a cloud-based online platform designed to provide various services to food business operators (FBOs), including licensing, registration and regulatory compliance.

About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI):

  • FSSAI is a statutory body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, established in the year 2008 under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.

  • The current Chairman of FSSAI is Sudhansh Pant.

  • It operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

  • The headquarters of FSSAI is located in New Delhi, Delhi.

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