INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has expanded its Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) portal to include regional languages to enhance accessibility and local engagement.

FSSAI’s FoSCoS portal, initially available in English and later in Hindi, is now accessible in four additional regional languages—Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi.

This development follows the recent launch of the portal in Hindi.

The expansion is a strategic effort to bridge the language gap and provide a user-friendly platform for local food businesses to engage with the regulatory framework.

Launched nationwide in 2020, the FoSCoS portal has played a pivotal role in digitizing and streamlining food safety compliance processes.

By extending language options beyond Hindi and English, FSSAI aims to create a more inclusive platform, enabling businesses to adapt to regulatory requirements, submit necessary documentation, and stay informed about food safety standards.

“The introduction of the Hindi version of FOSCOS is aimed at getting food businesses, entrepreneurs and stakeholders from diverse linguistic backgrounds to seamlessly access and leverage its services,” FSSAI said.

“There will also be more versions launched in other regional languages coming in due time, which will make it even more user-friendly for an even wider audience moving forward.”

FSSAI’s commitment to a broader national objective is evident in its plans to further extend language options on the FoSCoS portal.

Work is already underway to include additional regional languages, such as Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Assamese, Bengali, and Odia, catering to the diverse linguistic landscape across India.

This expansion aligns with FSSAI’s dedication to reaching a wider audience and fostering a robust food safety culture at the grassroots level.

The FoSCoS portal has proven instrumental in laying down crucial compliance measures for businesses. With the inclusion of regional languages, FSSAI seeks to break down language barriers, making it easier for local food businesses to engage with the regulatory framework in a user-friendly and accessible manner.

As India strives for a stronger food safety ecosystem, this multilingual expansion signals a positive step toward inclusivity and engagement, demonstrating FSSAI’s commitment to ensuring that all businesses, irrespective of linguistic backgrounds, can actively contribute to and benefit from the nation’s food safety initiatives.

Despite the various obstacles it faces, FSSAI is working to address local food safety issues from a variety of angles. The creation of this portal is simply the most recent in a long line of measures to enhance local compliance.

Additional initiatives have included requiring laboratory upgrades, conducting extensive food product testing, and conducting nationwide crackdowns.

Earlier this year, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya warned, “There will be no tolerance for food adulteration in India.”

Unfortunately, food adulteration has continued to be a serious worry locally despite India’s lengthy history of conducting such crackdowns and making such pronouncements over many years.

According to the FSSAI’s most recent India State Food Safety Index, which was released earlier this year, even the states with the best food safety records had low compliance scores, with Punjab scoring the lowest overall with just 18 out of 28. This indicates that compliance has been a major obstacle to improvement.

It is envisaged that the introduction of the local language platform will result in notable advancements in the field of food safety in India, as there is a chance that this noncompliance stems from linguistic barriers.

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