The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is one of the cornerstones of food safety in Canada. Federal inspectors monitor meat and food processing plants, feed mills, and even farms. But beyond what we tend to hear in the media about inspections, the CFIA has much larger responsibilities, some of which need to be separated from the agency’s number one priority of food safety. For example, CFIA staff head up the responses to disease outbreaks in animals and plants, including the current bovine tuberculosis outbreak in Alberta. They manage import and export permits for everything from animals and embryos, to steaks,…
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