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National Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) Programs and Initiatives


FDA manages programs and initiatives that build the infrastructure and capacity of state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory agencies and promote a national Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS). Building the IFSS is mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 

The IFSS represents a seamless partnership among federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal agencies (strategic partners) to achieve the public health goal of a safer food supply. An IFSS also actively solicits input and support from stakeholders.

The seamless operation of IFSS strategic partners will:

  • Plan and prioritize work to coordinate resources.
  • Use foodborne illness outbreak data to inform the development of evidence-based food safety policies and programs, and criteria to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Implement efficient, prevention-focused, risk-based inspections and sample collections.
  • Share data among strategic partners.
  • Promote use of compliance and enforcement tools for achieving compliance with food safety laws and regulations.

An IFSS strives to leverage the participation, coordination, resources, and authorities of all regulatory partners to protect the food supply. For more information on the IFSS, please visit Partnership for Food Protection (PFP).

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