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The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) 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 the development of 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, federal, provincial and international counterparts, as well as industry, in order to effectively carry out the CFIA's mandate.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Laboratory

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Laboratory analyzes food, food products and other related samples for detection of microorganisms related to food safety and public health.

Additionally, the laboratory performs analysis of canned products for container integrity and commercial sterility and analysis of food products for extraneous materials such as glass, filth and unknown matter.

What we do

Services and activities

Areas of research

Food microbiology

Molecular biology

Extraneous matter

Container integrity

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

Greater Toronto Area Laboratory
2301 Midland Avenue
Scarborough, ON M1P 4R7

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