The Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) at the USDA ARS National Agricultural Library was mandated by the United States Congress to support the needs of the research community in accordance with H.R. 2534 Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reauthorization Act of 1997, SEC. 615. FSRIO was formally launched on July 2, 2001.

FSRIO meets its congressional mandate through collecting, organizing and disseminating food safety research information via its website which features the Research Projects Database showcasing research activities funded by U.S. and International government agencies and other non-governmental organizations.

The FSRIO is a collaborative project with USDA's Agricultural Research Service National Program 108: Food Safety.

Legislation Establishing FSRIO

H.R.2534 Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reauthorization Act of 1997, SEC. 503. Food Safety Research Information Office and National Conference. Specifically, this Congressional mandate states:

1. Establishment and purpose: The Secretary of Agriculture shall establish a Food Safety Research Information Office at the National Agricultural Library. The Office shall provide to the research community and the general public information on publicly funded, and to the extent possible, 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 Government and private research entities to assess food safety research needs and priorities.

2. Cooperation: The Office shall carry out paragraph (1) 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.