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Food Safety Research Priorities

Background

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has developed 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 the three goals of the FSIS 2017-2021 Strategic Plan:

  1. Prevent Foodborne Illness and Protect Public Health
  2. Modernize Inspection Systems, Policies, and the Use of Scientific Approaches
  3. Achieve Operational Excellence

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 (https://www.nih.gov/)  , Grants.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. Isabel Walls by e-mail (isabel.walls1@usda.gov) or at (202) 924-1420 with questions. We also welcome information about research on related topics not currently listed here.

Research Priorities

Chemicals of Potential Concern

Screening/Detection Methods

  • Develop or improve rapid methods for screening chemical compounds in FSIS regulated products
  • Develop models to estimate chemical residue concentrations in beef, pork, and chicken tissues

Chemical Characterization

  • Determine the magnitude and significance of migration of chemicals (e.g., endocrine disruptors) from packaging into FSIS regulated products

Intervention Strategies

  • Identify and/or develop and evaluate the effectiveness of pre- and post-harvest interventions to reduce levels of chemical hazards in FSIS regulated products

Biological Hazards

Screening/Detection/Enumeration Methods

  • Identify and evaluate improved sampling methods to ensure statistically relevant samples are collected in the most appropriate manner
  • Develop or refine technologies to reduce pathogen detection time, including improved sample preparation methods
  • Develop or refine technologies to detect multiple pathogens from a single sample of an FSIS regulated products
  • Develop or refine testing methods for quantifying pathogens in meat, poultry, and egg products

Pathogen Characterization

  • Develop or refine technologies for virulence/ pathogenicity characterization of pathogens
  • Improve our understanding of antimicrobial resistance in pathogens in poultry and cattle
  • Develop or refine cooking and cooling models for pathogens in foods
  • Determine the contribution of endogenous extra-intestinal sources of pathogens (e.g., lymph nodes) to contamination of FSIS-regulated products

Intervention Strategies

  • Identify and/or develop and evaluate the effectiveness of pre- and post-harvest interventions to reduce levels of pathogens in FSIS regulated products
  • Evaluate the impact of regulatory initiatives on food contamination
  • Identify consumer practices which compromise the safety of FSIS regulated products
  • Generate data to develop public education and outreach to improve food-handling practices

Animal Welfare

  • Identify or develop approaches to facilitate humane handling of FSIS regulated livestock

Label Verification

  • Develop improved techniques for species identity in raw and processed products

Short URL for this page: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/researchpriorities

Last Modified Sep 03, 2020