Consolidation of St. John’s, NL Laboratory Operations
The CFIA will consolidate some of its laboratory services in Atlantic Canada to continue to provide the highest quality service possible in an efficient and effective manner.
Current activities at CFIA’s St. John’s, NL laboratory will be transferred to two CFIA facilities in Charlottetown, PEI and Dartmouth, NS. These facilities are more modern and better equipped to handle the complex food and plant diagnostic testing required by industry in support of food safety and market access. The St. John’s facility is in need of significant upgrades and investment to maintain current services.
Charlottetown laboratory offers access to more modern facilities, equipment and greenhouses, in addition to highly secure biocontainment space that will enhance service delivery in both diagnostics and research support.
The move will create enhanced pools of scientific expertise in two areas instead of three, allowing the Agency’s scientists and diagnosticians to work together more closely and effectively. Also, consolidating laboratory services will lead to improved service delivery due to better access to larger transportation hubs, such as Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
The St. John’s lab delivers activities for both plant health and food safety. Its major activities include: plant health soil analysis; fertilizer testing; and food testing and method development.
Food safety and fertilizer testing will move to the Dartmouth lab while remaining plant health work will move to the Charlottetown lab.
The Dartmouth Laboratory has molecular diagnostic capability and multiple high technology analytical chemistry instruments which are not available in St.John’s. None of these changes will impact food safety in any way.
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