FSTA® is an extensive specialist database, in which carefully selected food, beverage and nutrition research and information are collated, summarised and indexed for efficient searching.

Formerly known as Food Science and Technology Abstracts, FSTA® is used by researchers, industry practitioners and students round the world, to keep up-to-date with new findings in their field. 

FSTA features

Database type



Universities, research institutes, food and beverage companies, and government agencies in 162 countries

Record type

Indexed abstracts with full-text links where available*

Number of records


Update frequency

Updated weekly with at least 1,350 new records

Coverage dates




  • Worldwide monitoring and coverage of relevant scientific and technological literature relating to food, beverages and nutrition
  • Carefully selected source material, which is constantly reviewed to ensure relevancy and high quality
  • Content covered from 1,030 sources
  • 950 active journals covered, with historical coverage of 4,000+ journals
  • Other content includes trade publications, books, reviews, conference proceedings, reports, European patents (EPO), world patents (WIPO, covering 104 countries), and International Standards (ISO)
  • Journals sourced from 53 countries
  • Database contains information sourced in 29 languages
  • All records edited and indexed by expert scientists against IFIS' comprehensive food, beverage and nutrition thesaurus, providing an efficient and powerful searching functionality 
  • Covers every aspect of the food and beverage sectors, including all major food and beverage commodities, related pure and applied sciences, pet foods, food processing, food safety, and food economics
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  • 10,777 keywords, created and structured into food-centric hierarchies, to make the content as easy to navigate as possible
  • New keywords are introduced and keyword context reviewed in response to scientific innovation
  • Use of controlled keyword terms to overcome variability in author terminology and scientific nomenclature
  • Accompanying information provided with the keywords, together with the hierarchical structure of the thesaurus, enables powerful searching
  • Produced by IFIS' team of in-house scientists

Access options

FSTA® can be accessed directly from IFIS as a datafeed or through a number of delivery platforms:

  • EBSCOHost
  • IHS Goldfire
  • OvidSP
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • STN
  • Web of Science

If you would like to hear more about access options for FSTA®, or would like to be put in touch with a vendor to discuss a subscription, please contact Angela Ball, our Business Development Manager.

If you are interested in testing the database to evaluate it for your organisation, request a free 60 day trial.

If you have any questions about FSTA®, please contact us.

* Access to full text dependent on platform and subscription held by user's organisation.

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