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CFIA To Create "Centres Of Expertise"

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 ExpertiseLocation
ForestryBurnaby, BC
FinfishBurnaby, BC
Red Meat SlaughterCalgary, AB
Foreign Animal Disease and Emergency ManagementCalgary, AB
Grains & Oilseeds 
Plants with Novel Traits 
Saskatoon, SK
Agri-foods and Non-federally Registered ProductsGuelph, ON
Import/Export of AnimalsGuelph, ON
HorticultureGuelph, ON
Labelling and ClaimsNational Capital Region
Animal FeedNational Capital Region
Poultry SlaughterST-Hyacinthe, QC
Processed Meat and PoultryST-Hyacinthe, QC
Domestic Animal Disease and Animal WelfareST-Hyacinthe, QC
ShellfishMoncton, NB
Aquatic Animal HealthMoncton, NB
Potatoes and SoilCharlottetown, PEI

Source: PortageOnline