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The Saskatoon 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 Saskatoon Laboratory

The Saskatoon Laboratory consists of three specialized centres located at two sites on the University of Saskatchewan campus and a third location at the Innovation Place Research Park. The laboratory speciality areas are:

The scientists at the Saskatoon laboratory are experts in parasitology, veterinary drug residues and related compounds, as well as seed science.

What we do

Centre for Seed Science and Technology

This centre specializes in the quality assessment of seed and grain, as well as identifying crop and weed seeds, by using plant physiology, morphology and taxonomy.

National Seed Herbarium
Accreditation programs and proficiency testing
Diagnostic testing

Centre for Veterinary Drug Residues

This is a well-equipped, modern analytical chemistry facility that conducts research and testing for drug residue in foods of animal origin.

Testing of drug residues
Proficiency testing
Key technologies

Centre for Foodborne and Animal Parasitology

This national centre specializes in parasites of significance to food safety, animal health and/or trade

International Reference Laboratory and Collaborating Centre
Proficiency testing (PT)
Diagnostic testing

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

Saskatoon Laboratory
116 Veterinary Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2R3

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