The Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) Toolkit provides a context to better assessing an organization’s current efforts towards integration and identify areas for improvement. It was developed by the International Food Protection Training Institute along with the Association of Food and Drug Officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is designed to be used within an organization or by an interdisciplinary workgroup with knowledge and experience in food safety.
The three basic goals of the IFSS Toolkit are:
- Better understanding of current integration efforts in their jurisdiction
- Identifying specific IFSS practices and activities that will improve the integration performance of all stakeholders
- Making plans to implement those activities
Integration activities are divided into six major focus areas: Communication, Roles and Responsibilities, Integration of Legal Authority, Resources, Emergency Response and Global Activities. The IFSS Toolkit can also offer ways to achieve compliance with many of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.