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Food Safety Systems Assessments

Submitted by on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:31

Over the past year, Canada and the U.S. finalized assessments of each others food safety systems.  This announcement was posted on the U.S. FDA website yesterday:

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Department of Health Canada have all signed an arrangement acknowledging that each of the agencies' food safety systems are comparable to one another.  The arrangement was signed at a meeting of the FDA-CFIA Health Canada Joint Committee on Food Safety."

Congratulating Dr. Meldrum

Submitted by on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:37

On behalf of the Agriculture and Food Laboratory (AFL), we’d like to congratulate Dr. Richard Meldrum from Ryerson University, School of Occupational and Public Health on being the lucky winner of the $100 gift card for participating in our client feedback survey.  We would also like to thank all of those who participated in the survey. Your feedback is a critical component of our commitment towards continuous improvement across the organization.

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Dectection of Residual Bovine DNA in Feeds

Submitted by on Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:45

The Agriculture & Food Laboratory offers analytical tests for the presence of various animal species (e.g. beef, pork, ruminant) in food or feed samples.  PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) methods are used to detect animal species-specific DNA while ELISA (Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay) methods are applied in the detection of species-specific proteins in food and feed samples.

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Food Fraud - Putting DNA and Proteins to the Test

Submitted by on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:48

Food fraud is a collective term used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain (Spink and Moyer, 2011a). The types of fraud include adulteration, tampering, overrun, theft, diversion, simulation, and counterfeiting (Spink and Moyer, 2011b).

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Fungal Pathogen Found in Manitoba Canola

Submitted by on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:50

Verticillium longisporum, a fungal pathogen considered a major disease of oilseed rape in Europe, has been discovered in canola in Manitoba. This soil borne fungus infects through the roots of canola plants and then grows into the xylem throughout vegetative parts of the plant. The xylem, which transports water, becomes clogged resulting in wilting and often death of the plant. The fungus produces microsclerotia that survive in plant debris in soil for many years. 

Staphylococcal Enterotoxins

Submitted by on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 10:54

The University of Guelph, Agriculture & Food Laboratory (AFL) tests both finished food products and raw ingredients for the presence of staphylococcal enterotoxins A, B, C, D, and E.

Turnaround times for test results are typically within 5-10 business days. However, clients requiring rush analysis should contact our client services at aflinfo@uoguelph.ca or 519-767-6299 to discuss the necessary testing details, terms and pricing.

Foods that are frequently involved in staphylococcal food intoxication include:

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