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Food and Feed Safety Agencies to be Surveyed in Support of FSMA

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and in support of Section 205(c)(2) of the Food Safety Modernization Act, is distributing a food and feed safety capacity survey to State, Local, Tribal and Territorial food and feed safety agencies.

 Download the Survey (Please save a copy to your desktop before completing.)

Because the information gathered through this survey is critical to the development and implementation of an integrated national food safety system, FDA and AFDO kindly ask that you complete this survey within 2 weeks of receipt.  The survey should be returned to AFDO ( who will compile the results and provide to the FDA for analysis.

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most sweeping reform of Federal food safety laws in more than 70 years. It was enacted by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2011, and it aims to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply by shifting the primary focus from response to food contamination to prevention of food contamination. Specifically, Section 205(c)(2) requires a review of State and Local capacities and needs for enhancements regarding: 

  • a) staffing levels and expertise available to perform food safety and defense functions;
  • b) laboratory capacity to support surveillance, outbreak response, inspection, and enforcement activities;
  • c) information systems to support data management and sharing of food safety and defense information; and,
  • d) other State and Local food safety and defense activities and needs as determined appropriate.

 Information obtained through this survey will allow FDA to conduct a review of State and local capacities in order to develop and enhance the food safety and defense capacities of State and local agencies. The development and implementation of the strategies will help achieve the goals under an integrated food safety system to improve foodborne illness outbreak response, accelerate foodborne illness surveillance, strengthen inspection capacity of State and local agencies, improve the effectiveness of partnerships across governments to coordinate food safety and defense resources, and share information on a timely basis. The review is required to include both the current capacities as well as the current needs of State and Local regulatory agencies in terms of: staffing and expertise to perform food safety functions; staffing and expertise to perform food defense functions; laboratory capacity to support surveillance, outbreak response, inspection and enforcement; and information systems to support data management and exchange among

regulatory agencies. 


The survey is sectioned into four key areas: 

  • Food and Feed Safety (Section 1); 
  • Food Defense (Section 2); 
  • Information Technology (Section 3); and, 
  • Interagency Agreements (Section 4)

The survey development group will analyze the information gathered to determine gaps and report the findings to the appropriate groups that are working on the FSMA requirements specific to building food safety and defense capacity at the State and local level.  

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