Integrated Food Safety System Toolkit

The Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) Toolkit was developed to help public health, environmental health, and food regulatory agencies and laboratories:

  • Better understand current integration efforts in their jurisdiction, and
  • Identify specific IFSS practices and activities that will improve the integration performance of all stakeholders, and make plans to implement those activities.

The Toolkit is designed to be used within an organization and used by an interdisciplinary workgroup with knowledge and practical experience in food safety and food defense.

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.

This Toolkit 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.

Last updated: May 4, 2023