Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

May 08, 2009 17:44 ET

Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Upgrading Federal Laboratory in Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - Mr. Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, today announced more than $4.9 million in funding, over the next two years, to modernize the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Saskatoon Laboratory.

Modernizing federal laboratories not only aids in job-creating investments as part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, it also supports the CFIA's efforts to safeguard food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy. The funding is part of a $250 million commitment to upgrade laboratories across the country.

"This program is addressing important maintenance issues in our laboratories and will quickly bring economic stimulus to this region," said Mr. Trost. "This funding will provide jobs for workers as we upgrade the ventilation systems. With this funding, our scientists and researchers will have a more modern work environment, enhancing research and development and resulting in better health and safety outcomes for Canadians."

The Saskatoon Laboratory of the CFIA is the national laboratory for testing veterinary drug residues in meat and for detecting and identifying parasites in food and animals.

"The CFIA values scientific rigour and professional and technical competence which play a crucial role in how we make decisions and achieve the mandate of the Agency," said CFIA's Director of the Western Area Laboratories Network, Dr Mohit Baxi. "This funding will help in upgrading our research facilities and ensure that the safeguarding of Canada's food, animal and plants systems remain a priority."

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

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