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Inspect and Protect Podcast

This is Inspect and Protect, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) official podcast all about food safety and plant and animal health.

Every few weeks, we'll bring you a new episode exploring the exciting, innovative work of our experts spread out across the country, and how it impacts you and your family. Subscribe on your favourite podcast app!

This podcast launched in March 2021 and is powered by Chronicle 360.


Episode 6 – Canada's Christmas tree industry is booming—fir real!

Famous for their fragrant aroma, Canada's Christmas trees are sold in the millions across the world. In this episode, we branch out into this booming industry through the lens of a veteran CFIA tree inspector in Nova Scotia. Malcom Pelley explains the care that farmers across the country put into growing, selling and exporting these soon-to-be festively illuminated trees. (December 2021)

Episode 5 – Working with the world's deadliest diseases

Brilliant minds studying the world’s most dangerous pathogens may seem like science fiction, but the scientists who protect us from bio-threats are very real. In this episode, we learn about a network that connects laboratories across the world to study deadly viruses like COVID-19, Ebola and Anthrax. What is it like to be one of these scientists working in Canada’s highest containment laboratory? (November 2021)

Episode 4 – Bug fight: the emerald ash borer vs. parasitic wasps

Since its arrival in North America in 2002, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees, with billions more at risk. To mitigate the damage, Canadian scientists have released 100,000 parasitic wasps into the wild. In this two-part series with Natural Resources Canada, we dive into the fascinating science of biological control agents: bugs fighting bugs. (October 2021)

Episode 3 – How Canada is keeping its pigs safe: African swine fever

African swine fever, a deadly disease that impacts only pigs, is spreading rapidly across the globe. Luckily, it has never been detected in Canada. In this episode, we hear about the unprecedented efforts being made to prevent this fatal animal disease from entering the country and to protect our $24 billion pork industry. (August 2021)

Episode 2 - I found a bug in my food!

Ever find something unexpected in your food... like bugs, plastic or glass? Listen to our conversation with food safety specialist Fred Jamieson as he shares his strangest finds, how these issues happen, and why it's important to report your concerns. (June 2021)

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