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Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO)


The Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) supports the research community by collecting, organizing, and disseminating food safety information in accordance with the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998.

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An Introduction to FSRIO


The Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) is aligned with the Research, Economics, and Education (REE) mission area of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It 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. 

The mission of FSRIO is to provide the research community and the general public with information on publicly funded, and to the maximum extent practicable, privately funded food safety research initiatives.

The purpose of the FSRIO information products is to prevent the unintended duplication of food safety research and to assist the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government and private research entities with assessing food safety research needs and priorities. FSRIO works in partnership with a working group that consists of scientific experts in food safety across the USDA.

Key Information Products

Food Safety Research Projects Database

The Research Projects Database provides users with information on current food safety research projects from both U.S. and international government and non-government organizations.

Research Publications (Food Safety)

An automated feed of the latest food safety research publications released from more than 200 peer-reviewed journals, including FDA/USDA specific publications.

Funding Opportunity Announcements
Monthly Newsletter
What's New



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there software tools for predictive microbiology?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) manages the Predictive Microbiology Information Portal (PMIP) [] to assist food companies in the use of predictive models. This portal contains:

  • The ComBase [], a database of quantitative microbiological or kinetic data collected from different laboratories.
Where can I find safe food preparation, handling, and storage information?
How will biosensor technology be used to make our food supply safer?

Biosensor technology is used for the rapid detection of pathogens in our food supply. Please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's New Era of Smarter Food Safety [] resource for more information.

How do I contact a food safety representative at the federal, state, and local level?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are the United States government agencies that regulate food safety.

Contact Us

Use the National Agricultural Library's Ask a Question form. 

Questions are answered by FSRIO Technical Information Specialists with expertise in food safety.

Phone: (301)504-5022

Sign Up

To sign up for the ARS Food Safety and News Listserv go to USDA Agricultural Research Service (

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