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FSSAI Introduces “Special Category” for Gender Equality in Food Business

In a significant move towards fostering gender equality and equal opportunities, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has unveiled a new provision called the “Special Category” within its online Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) portal. This innovative category is specifically designed to empower women and transgender entrepreneurs in the food business sector.

Benefits Under Special Category

The Special Category introduces a balanced processing approach by licensing and registering authorities. Applications will be processed in a one-to-one ratio with regular applications until there are no pending applications in either category. Eligible individuals will be identified during the application submission process through Aadhaar/PAN authentication.

Promoting Equality in Food Business

The introduction of the Special Category aligns with FSSAI’s commitment to promoting gender equality and inclusivity within the food industry. By providing a dedicated platform for women and transgender entrepreneurs, FSSAI aims to create an environment that encourages their active participation and growth in the food business sector.

Last Year’s Initiatives – Ayurveda Aahar Logo

In a related initiative last year, Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya unveiled the ‘Ayurveda Aahar’ logo on World Food Safety Day. This logo was introduced to establish a unique identity for Ayurveda Aahar products, facilitating easy identification for consumers. The logo, similar to standard markings on food products, enhances consumer awareness and reinforces the quality of Ayurvedic products.

These strategic initiatives by FSSAI reflect a commitment to advancing inclusivity and quality within the food industry, fostering a more equitable and diverse entrepreneurial landscape.


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