The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is pleased to share a listing of the top food safety research areas of interest.
While FSIS is not a research funding organization, it recognizes the importance of keeping abreast of the latest scientific endeavors as well as its role in promoting research in areas important to the FSIS mission. This listing supports three of the FSIS 2011-2016 Strategic Plan goals:
- strengthen collaboration among internal and external stakeholders to prevent foodborne illness,
- effectively use science to understand foodborne illness and emerging trends, and
- implement effective policies to respond to existing and emerging risks.
These priorities are presented as suggestions for researchers interested in pursuing food safety objectives that are relevant to FSIS regulated products. This list of research areas of interest may be useful to researchers who are preparing grants for submission to agencies that fund food safety research (e.g., USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (http://www.nifa.usda.gov), National Institutes of Health (http://www.nih.gov), http://www.grants.gov), or researchers with resources to conduct such research.
While FSIS is extremely interested in these research areas, this interest does not imply that the data and/or technologies generated by this research will be endorsed by FSIS.
This list represents FSIS' current assessment of priority research that will help further its public health mission; the list will be updated biannually. We encourage researchers to contact Dr. John Johnston by email (John.Johnston@fsis.usda.gov) or at (202) 365-7175 with questions. We also welcome information about research on related topics not currently listed here.
Select "For More Information" for any of the topics in the table below for a more detailed description and suggested research studies.