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The database for comprehensive literature searching in food science and related fields

Discover trustworthy scientific articles, patents and other information across disciplines and from publishers worldwide

Trusted by researchers, scientists, students and government bodies in 158 countries across the globe, FSTA is the definitive way to search over fifty years of historic and emerging research in the sciences of food and health. 

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With so much information online and the growth of fake science and predatory journals, it can be difficult to undertake comprehensive literature searches and know what you can trust.

Unlike many search tools, the FSTA database is carefully managed by experts who check sources for quality and ensure every record is relevant to food, so you can easily find information from a wide range of sources and publication types, and still feel confident that your results are reliable.  

Covering a wide range of interdisciplinary content from journal articles and trade publications to conference proceedings and industry patents, FSTA is full of high-quality scientific abstracts and is updated weekly.

Getting specific results is easy and efficient, because we index records in-depth using terms from the most comprehensive food thesaurus in the world, which is unique to FSTA.

(Read our Frequently Asked Questions Page for the story behind our thesaurus)

'Ultimately, whatever subscription resources we have must benefit our community out there and FSTA is really our manifesto.'

Library Department Head from a top 20 university for Food Science & Technology (Shanghai rankings, 2022)

FSTA for librarians and information professionals

Whether you’re responsible for managing an academic library, a corporate research lab or a government agency, you know that reference resources need to be trustworthy and comprehensive – while also ensuring users can actually find what they’re looking for.

FSTA empowers the global health community to search over 2,000,000 high-quality abstracts that directly relate to the sciences of food and health, without having to wade through irrelevant content or untrustworthy sources.


An impressive database that’s updated weekly and curated by experts in managing food information – enabling users to search efficiently and effectively


A powerful tool for the global food community, with search functionality designed specifically for research on the sciences of food and health


Free promotional materials and training to help information professionals raise awareness of FSTA access within their organisation


Available by subscription through popular research platforms, including Web of Science, Ovid and EBSCOhost

Also available as pay-as-you-go for corporate users

FSTA for researchers, scientists and students

We know that searching online for reputable and relevant research can be a frustrating and time-consuming exercise. It’s no surprise then that many in the global food community are fed up with scrolling endlessly through unsuitable results – however, there is a solution!

FSTA can be trusted by those studying and working in food science, nutrition and related fields because it’s been developed expressly for them. Not only does it solely contain research directly relevant to food from sources carefully vetted by experts, but the search functionality has been specifically designed for researching food information. 

  • Get specific results, with few to no irrelevant results, due to our comprehensive keyword indexing. We use our own unique lexicon of over 16,000 terms, the biggest food thesaurus in the world. This makes it easier for you to find relevant information including synonyms and spelling variations.
    Watch Google Scholar vs FSTA - The Power of Indexing to learn more about why this is so great for users.
  • Carry out in-depth interdisciplinary literature searching, with over 2,000,000 records directly related to food
  • Discover relevant research published in other disciplines, without having to trawl through masses of irrelevant results. We only index what's relevant to food!
  • Discover emerging research quickly, with more than 2,200 entries added every week
  • Quickly navigate over 50 years of trustworthy research curated by experts
  • Improve your information literacy skills with free resources to help you get more out of FSTA

Search a database containing over 2,000,000 high-quality abstracts directly related to the sciences of food and health


Draw from over 22,675 sources, including
nearly 5,500 scientific journals


Embrace the global food community with research from 89 countries, in 41 languages


Reference abstracts that span
50 years of research, from 1969 onwards


Access FSTA through familiar research solutions like Web of Science, Ovid and EBSCOHost


Discover powerful search functionality designed specifically for food and beverage research


Confidently research content carefully curated by experts in the sciences of food and health


Make targeted search queries, as records are indexed using the world’s most comprehensive food thesaurus of over 16,000 terms, unique to IFIS

What's covered in FSTA

In addition to the core areas of food science, food technology and nutrition, FSTA includes relevant content across a host of related fields, including:




Click on the subject areas in bold for an in-depth look at our coverage of that field. We are adding to this regularly over the coming months, so do check back or email us to ask about a particular field.


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Find and explore authoritative research directly related to the sciences of food and health, with the tool trusted by the global food community – discover FSTA for yourself with a free trial.