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The Burnaby Laboratory

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for delivering federally mandated programs for food inspection, plant and animal health. The Agency relies on high-quality, timely and relevant science as the basis of its program design and regulatory decision-making. Scientific activities inform the Agency's understanding of risks, provide evidence for developing mitigation measures, and confirm the effectiveness of these measures.

CFIA scientific activities include laboratory testing, research, surveillance, test method development, risk assessments and expert scientific advice. Agency scientists maintain strong partnerships with universities, industry, and federal, provincial and international counterparts to effectively carry out the CFIA's mandate.

The Burnaby Laboratory

Located on Canada's west coast, the Burnaby Laboratory is ideally located near Canada's largest port. As such, its food safety testing activities are greatly influenced by the import and export of food products. While the laboratory provides testing services for all food commodities, testing support for British Columbia's renowned shellfish commodity is a specialisation of the Burnaby Laboratory. In addition to regulatory testing activities, the Burnaby Laboratory conducts applied research through the development, validation and verification of new analytical methods.

What we do

Diagnostic testing

Support services




Scientific techniques

Ultra-performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC MS/MS)

High performance liquid chromatography with post column oxidation (HPLC PCOX)

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay

Whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis

Quality management

All CFIA laboratories have demonstrated conformance to ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The Standards Council of Canada evaluates our laboratories against this international standard, as a formal verification of the CFIA's capability to produce accurate and reliable results, within our accredited scope of testing. The results are supported by the development, validation and implementation of scientific methods, conducted by highly qualified personnel, using reliable products, services, and equipment, in a quality controlled environment. Participation in international proficiency testing programs further demonstrates that our testing is comparable to laboratories across Canada and around the world.

For further information

Burnaby Laboratory
3155 Willingdon Green
Burnaby, BC V5G 4P2

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