FoSCoS becomes more user friendly with the introduction of web portals in regional languages. The portal is now available in Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, apart from Hindi and English.
New Delhi, Nov 14, 2023: In a significant step towards further enhancing the user experience and accessibility, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched the Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) portal in multiple regional languages. The portal is now available in Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, apart from Hindi and English, with plans to launch the portal in Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Assamese, Bengali and Odia soon.
The latest advancement aims to enhance the user experience for local food businesses, allowing them to easily connect with the FSSAI’s online compliance portal i.e FoSCoS. This effort is envisioned to empower a wider range of users, fostering increased participation and enhancing overall compliance within the food ecosystem.
FoSCoS, launched nationwide in the year 2020, has rapidly evolved into a pivotal platform for food businesses and regulatory authorities, streamlining all compliance-related activities. The system has played a pivotal role in the digital transformation of various food safety processes, simplifying adherence to regulatory norms for food businesses nationwide.
Recently, on the occasion of Hindi Diwas observed on September 14, 2023, FSSAI marked the occasion with the launch of the FoSCoS portal in Hindi. FSSAI believes that the linguistic diversity of the portal will further establish FoSCoS as an essential tool in the regulatory landscape, promoting a safer and more compliant food ecosystem nationwide.
FSSAI is attempting to tackle the local food safety issues from multiple aspects despite the many challenges faced, with this portal launch just the latest in a long string of initiatives to improve local compliance. Other attempts have included nationwide crackdowns and large-scale tests of food products, as well as mandating laboratory improvements.
Compliance has clearly been a major hurdle in making improvements, as can be seen from the most recent India State Food Safety Index published by FSSAI earlier this year that saw even its top performing states in terms of food safety still yielded low compliance.