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Canada improving efficiency of food safety labs

Staff writer |
Minister of Health, Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, highlighted improvements at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Burnaby Laboratory which will help ensure food safety.

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The Burnaby Lab will be included as part of the Food Safety Information Network (FSIN) that is improving Canada's ability to effectively anticipate and detect routine foodborne threats.

The CFIA's Burnaby Laboratory specializes in testing for allergens— the number one cause of food recalls in Canada. The laboratory also performs important microbiology testing for a full range of food pathogens, with specialized expertise in those associated with seafood, and food virology. It is one of many world-class Canadian laboratories to be connected by the FSIN.

As announced last week, the Government of Canada is investing $30.7M over five years to establish the FSIN.

This new network will help rapidly identify, mobilize and coordinate laboratory surge capacity and capabilities during complex food safety incidents and emergencies; allow near-real time sharing, organization and analysis of food safety information across the country to inform more preventive and timely risk management decisions; and improve Canada's ability to effectively anticipate and detect routine foodborne threats.

The FSIN is a collaborative initiative developed by the federal government with the provinces and territories. Federal partners include the CFIA, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The FSIN will be implemented incrementally over five years, linking federal and provincial food safety establishments and accredited laboratories across the country. â– 

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