Unsurpassed Accuracy and Relevance of Indexing

By categorizing all included content with a unique and comprehensive subject taxonomy of thousands of keywords applied to the sciences of food, FSTA - Food Science and Technology Abstracts ensures that researchers and students quickly and easily find the most relevant information that their research requires.

Through this rigorous indexing, FSTA is uniquely structured to make research and information more easily accessible. It is the industry-leading resource used by researchers, scientists, and students to retrieve high-quality, interdisciplinary results. FSTA ensures a minimal chance of false hits from predatory and substandard journals with its 60-point screening checklist of entries.

Global Content from Thousands of Reputable Sources

With an extensive list of sources including journals, reviews, trade publications, books, patents, standards, as well as conference proceedings and reports, users are up to date with latest highly-focused research.

FSTA includes information sourced in 41 languages from 84 countries, with content from over 22,000 international sources. Records date back to 1969, with more than 2,200 new records added weekly. Sources are constantly reviewed to ensure ongoing relevancy and focus.

World Class Expert-Crafted Thesaurus

The FSTA Thesaurus is an exceptional feature produced by IFIS' expert scientists with extensive knowledge in the sciences of food, including all major commodities, related life and pure sciences, pet foods, processing, safety, and economics. 

Containing almost 17,000 subject keywords structured into food-centric hierarchies, the thesaurus uses controlled keyword terms to overcome variability in author terminology and scientific nomenclature. This facilitates highly efficient information retrieval.

The FSTA Thesaurus is reviewed weekly and updated with new terms in response to scientific innovation.

FSTA Online Instructional Content Course

FREE Online Tutorial - Develop first-class research skills in the sciences of food & health with FSTA’s free 3-part tutorial. Designed to give you an overview of FSTA content and the essential skills to search the FSTA database and find quality literature successfully. Whether you’re responsible for managing an academic library, a corporate research lab or a government agency, FSTA’s Training Hub of videos, guides and webinars ensures users can find what they’re looking for. 

Please email Rhianna Jones at IFIS if you would like a copy of the coverage list.


FSTA is a valued resource for our food science researchers and students. I also find it to be a useful collection development tool.

Jessica R. Page, Assistant Professor, Head, Veterinary Medicine Library | Animal Sciences, Environment & Natural Resources, and Food Science & Technology Librarian, The Ohio State University, USA