FSSAI creates category for dried fruits, seeds under FoSCoS

After receiving representations from food businesses, the FSSAI has decided to create Food Product category for ‘Edible Dried Fruits/ Vegetable Seeds’ for the purpose of licensing through FoSCoS.

According to FSSAI, representation was received seeking the information on correct categorisation of ‘Watermelon Seeds’ under Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 (FSSR). However, at present, there is no specific standard for ‘Watermelon Seeds’ or any other Edible Dried Fruits/ Vegetable Seeds under FSSR.

An official with the FSSAI headquarters said that the matter was examined by FSSAI and as an interim measure to safeguard the interest of consumers, it was decided that the Product Names will be added in FoSCoS (Food Safety Compliance System) for the purpose of licensing of Edible Dried Fruits/ Vegetable Seeds.

Food Category [Dried fruits. nuts and seeds] for Edible Dried Seeds obtained from Fruits and for Edible Dried Seeds obtained from Vegetables including mushrooms, fungi, roots and tubers, pulses, legumes and aloevera alongwith seaweeds, nuts and seeds, was included as interim measure. FSSAI notification in this regard says that food businesses may apply under the General Manufacturing Kind of Business for the said categories, till such time specific standard is notified by the Food Authority.