The Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) was created by the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C.A. & 7654 Sec. 615) and was formally launched on July 2, 2001. FSRIO was established to support the research community by collecting, organizing & disseminating food safety information.

FSRIO’s mission is to provide to the research community and the general public information on publicly funded, and to the maximum extent practicable, privately funded food safety research initiatives for the purpose of preventing unintended duplication of food safety research and assisting the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government and private research entities to assess food safety research needs and priorities. FSRIO works in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public institutions, and, on a voluntary basis, private research interests.

FSRIO receives guidance from a working group that consists of scientific experts in food safety within USDA.