CFIA To Create "Centres Of Expertise" (Jan 08, 2013)
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be creating sixteen targeted "Centres of Expertise" across Canada to provide industry and its own inspectors with improved, more consistent access to expert information and advice.

The announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in Saskatoon yesterday.

"These Centres of Expertise will pool expertise and make it available through a single window," explained Ritz.

The centres, which are expected to be created over the next few years, will consolidate and co-locate experts for specific programs.

The changes are part of the CFIA's efforts to improve how it interacts with stakeholders and improve industry's understanding of federal regulations.

The information hub for grains & oilseeds, seed, plants with novel traits and fertilizer will be located in Saskatoon. The red meat slaughter and foreign animal disease and emergency management centres will be in Calgary.
Centre of Expertise Location
Forestry Burnaby, BC
Finfish Burnaby, BC
Red Meat Slaughter Calgary, AB
Foreign Animal Disease and Emergency Management Calgary, AB
Grains & Oilseeds 
Plants with Novel Traits 
Saskatoon, SK
Agri-foods and Non-federally Registered Products Guelph, ON
Import/Export of Animals Guelph, ON
Horticulture Guelph, ON
Labelling and Claims National Capital Region
Animal Feed National Capital Region
Poultry Slaughter ST-Hyacinthe, QC
Processed Meat and Poultry ST-Hyacinthe, QC
Domestic Animal Disease and Animal Welfare ST-Hyacinthe, QC
Shellfish Moncton, NB
Aquatic Animal Health Moncton, NB
Potatoes and Soil Charlottetown, PEI

Source: PortageOnline

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