FoodSHIELD is being designed initially to include participants from the military branches, local, state, federal regulatory agencies, and laboratories, and academia that analyze all stages of the food supply, as well as clinical laboratories that respond to outbreaks and food safety concerns. Upon member vetting completion, all governmental participants have additional access to secure portions of the site. The secure portion of the site contains information about laboratories and detailed contact databases.
Individuals who are not government officials, including industry representatives, can also participate in FoodSHIELD if they are part of a workgroup initiated by a government member. These individuals' access is limited to the workgroup materials, meetings, and documents.