The Integrated Food Safety Information Delivery System (IFSIDS) web site is designed to serve the needs of food safety regulators by providing factual information for use with local food establishment operators. The IFSIDS web site contains food safety fact sheets covering a few of the more common topics dealing with the day-to-day operation of a food establishment, such as proper hand washing techniques, use of a three-compartment sink, and hot and cold holding temperatures. The site also contains ready-to-use signs in a PDF format that can be printed and appropriately placed in food establishments.
Recognizing the growth in ethnic food establishments, the materials contained on the IFSIDS web site are available in English and eight foreign languages. The fact sheets and signs can be printed directly from the web site and provided to food establishment operators during the initial licensing inspection or at subsequent visits as deemed necessary. All materials are based on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 2005 Model Food Code. Regulators should check their local food code and/or ordinances before distributing any of the materials so that local enforcement remains consistent.
To ensure consistency with the 2005 Food Code, the IFSIDS web site uses the following terms throughout the pages:
- "Food Employee" means an individual working with unpackaged food, food equipment or utensils, or food-contact services.
- "Food Establishment" means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption. The term food establishment includes restaurants, catering locations, grocery stores, vendors, and institutions that provide food directly or indirectly to the consumer. Mobile, stationary, temporary, or permanent facilities or locations where food is provided for consumption on or off the premises regardless of whether there is a charge are considered food establishments.
Topics covered by the IFSIDS web site include:
- Worker Guidelines
- Training Opportunities
- How to Do Business
Links from the IFSIDS web site will provide regulators with direct access to other food safety-related web pages, including the FDA; the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Services (USDA/FSIS), and the National Restaurant Association, among others. In addition, a feedback page is provided for comments and suggestions on ways to improve the IFSIDS web site.
The IFSIDS Project is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (DHHS/FDA). The Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) maintains the IFSIDS web site.
Select a link below to view downloadable/printable signs and fact sheets based on the Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) 2005 Model Food Code.
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Funds for the creation and maintenance of this site are provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grant FD-R-001731-01, "Integrated Food Safety Information Delivery System Project," Judith E. Harrison, Project Director, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and IOWAccess.