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Strategic Plan

The IFSAC Strategic Plan [PDF - 16 pages] outlines objectives and projects for the five-year time period from 2012 through 2016.1


  1. Generate timely estimates of foodborne illness source attribution for important foodborne pathogens and food categories, and evaluate changes in attribution data over time.
  2. Identify data needs and take steps to determine how to acquire, improve, and organize data available for foodborne illness source attribution.
  3. Validate current methods and modeling approaches to estimate foodborne illness source attribution and develop improved methods.
  4. Identify and obtain high-level commitments for personnel and financial resources to support efforts to estimate foodborne illness source attribution.
  5. Develop a collaborative communication approach among the three agencies and between the agencies and stakeholders to:
    • Provide updates and share foodborne illness source attribution initiatives, plans, and publications by and from the three agencies, including those generated by IFSAC projects as well as those from each individual agency; and
    • Engage stakeholders and the public regarding foodborne illness source attribution needs and uses.

Priority Pathogens

IFSAC identified four priority pathogens as the initial focus of projects:

  1. Salmonella
  2. E. coli O157:H7
  3. Listeria monocytogenes (Lm)
  4. Campylobacter