The Food and Drug Administration plans to conduct a survey of state and local food safety authorities to gauge their capacities, to prepare for the Food Safety Modernization Act.

In a May 31 notice, the FDA said it plans to send a survey to about 1,400 state and local food safety officials.

The FDA said the new food safety law requires the agency to conduct a review of state and local government capacities relating to food defense, information technology, laboratory capacities and staffing levels.

The agency said the results of the survey should enable FSMA partners to develop strategies to enhance food safety and food defense capacity, ultimately creating an integrated food safety system.