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 and participates in a cooperative agreement with the University of Maryland's Nutrition and Food Science Department.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Key Information Products include:
- Food Safety Research Projects Database - Provides ready access to the largest searchable collection of food safety research projects across agencies and organizations. The Database showcases more than 8,900 projects funded by U.S. and international government agencies as well as non-governmental organizations, and is an ongoing effort to collaborate with agencies worldwide to collect food safety research information. For researchers, this Database offers an efficient insight into research currently underway that does not yet have published results, serving as an adjunct to literature searches.
- Automated Peer-Reviewed Journal Feeds - Provides easy access to the latest food safety research publications, including ahead of print. The articles generated by these feeds are grouped in different ways (by pathogen, journal, agency, or ahead of print) to provide unique access to the latest food safety research.