Ottawa – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is collaborating with France’s food regulator -Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES) – to keep Canadians safe.
The CFIA signed a science-sharing memorandum of understanding with ANSES with the aim to better protect people, animals, and the natural environment. Both regulators will share cutting-edge science and risk-assessment methods.
“This agreement with ANSES allows our scientists and laboratories to better work together on innovative science and best practices that protect people, the environment and the economy,” says Dr. Primal Silva, acting vice-president of Science at the CFIA.
“In a globalized world where Canada trades internationally, threats such as foreign animal diseases, invasive species and anti-microbial resistance are global issues that know no borders. The CFIA will continue to develop international partnerships so we can further protect Canadians through global scientific innovation and collaboration.”
The agreement will also strengthen and formalize scientific cooperation on innovative research taking place at the CFIA and its network of 13 reference and research laboratories, and ANSES’s network of 11 laboratories throughout France.
The CFIA says it sees the collaboration further developing research on genomics (the study of DNA sequences) and proteomics (the study of proteins), to better understand diseases and how we detect them.
In fact, scientific techniques in these areas, such as DNA Barcoding and whole genome sequencing, are already refining and improving the way the CFIA detects and studies foodborne illness, invasive species, and plant and animal diseases.