CFIA Partners With France Organization

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is protecting Canada’s food, plants and animals through science and collaboration with partners, both internationally and in Canada.

The CFIA has signed a science-sharing memorandum of understanding with France’s food regulator, ANSES, at CFIA Headquarters in Ottawa.

The aim of the agreement is to better protect people, animals, and the natural environment through the sharing of cutting-edge science and risk assessment methods.

The agreement will strengthen and formalize scientific cooperation on innovative research taking place at the CFIA network of 13 reference and research laboratories, and the ANSES network of 11 laboratories throughout France.

The collaboration is envisioned to further develop research on the study of DNA sequences, and the study of proteins, to better understand food and animal diseases and how they are detected.

Scientific techniques such as DNA Barcoding are already refining and improving the way the CFIA detects and studies foodborne illness, invasive species, plant and animal diseases.