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The Ottawa (Carling) 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 Ottawa (Carling) Laboratory

The Ottawa (Carling) Laboratory performs services relating to the safety and quality of food or food-related products across the food chain. These range from microbiology and chemistry services focusing on fertilizer, animal feed and food products, to innovative research in DNA-based techniques such as whole genome sequencing methods and software for understanding foodborne bacteria.

The laboratory also has expertise in the detection and characterization of food-borne illnesses, food adulteration, undeclared and declared food additives (e.g. MSG), irradiated foods, heavy metals, veterinary drugs and mycotoxins (toxins produced by fungi) in animal feeds, and heavy metals in fertilizers.

What we do


Food, feed, and fertilizer microbiology
Food chemistry
Feed and fertilizer chemistry
Feed microscopy and bioanalysis

Research and development

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

Ottawa (Carling) Laboratory
960 Carling Ave., bldg. 22
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9

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