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Strategic Plan

The IFSAC Strategic Plan [PDF - 12 pages] outlines goals and objectives for the five-year time period from 2017 through 2021.


  1. Enhance the collection and quality of relevant source data
  2. Enhance the use of existing regulatory and foodborne illness surveillance data sources
  3. Incorporate genomic data and other novel data sources
  4. Explore ways to address key gaps in data quality, methods and models
  5. Develop new analytic approaches and models to maximize use of already available data
  6. Expand the availability of technical and scientific expertise through collaboration with internal and external partners
  7. Enhance relationships and engagement with both internal and external groups
  8. Improve the synthesis, interpretation and dissemination of analytical findings for multiple audiences 

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

Previous IFSAC Strategic Plans

The above strategic plan represents an update to IFSACā€™s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan [PDF - 16 pages].