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.

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

  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 approximately 1,450 new records

  Coverage dates



  • Worldwide 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 over 1,040 sources
  • 964 active journals covered, with historical coverage of 4,000+ journals
  • Also includes trade publications, books, reviews, conference proceedings, reports, European patents (EPO), world patents (WIPO, covering 104 countries), and International Standards (ISO)
  • Contains information sourced in 29 languages from 53 countries
  • Records indexed against IFIS' comprehensive subject thesaurus, providing an efficient and powerful search functionality
  • Covers every aspect of the food and beverage sectors, including all major commodities, related pure and applied sciences, pet foods, food processing, food safety, and food economics
  • Please email Rhianna Jones if you would like a copy of the coverage list


  • 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
  • Controlled keyword terms used to overcome variability in author terminology and scientific nomenclature
  • Accompanying information provided with the keywords, together with the thesaurus hierarchies, 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 platforms:

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

If you would like to hear more about access options 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.