The CFIA Chronicle – Summer 2019

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Mireille Marcotte and Nishandan Yogasingam

Become a superhero! Download CFIA's new trading cards

Captain Gina "Lean Queen of the Science Scene" Benedict of Team CFIA's Dartmouth Laboratory knows that "knowledge is power." As a Chemistry Analyst, her missions involve a strong understanding of scientific concepts and processes to battle CHAOS and help keep food safe. Meet the full team and uncover other powerful skills by downloading your very own pack of CFIA trading cards!

After learning about our everyday heroes, use your current knowledge and skills to create your one-of-a-kind trading card.


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Canadians get more variety in the beer and vodka aisles

Canada's beer and vodka compositional standards have been revised – allowing for industry to be more innovative and create new products that meet the needs of consumers.

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Are you a food importer? New requirements may apply to you

If you import food into Canada, you need to be aware of new food safety requirements including licensing under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).

Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer

Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer talks about the threat of African swine fever

Listen to Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer, discuss how Canada is working with the United States and industry to strengthen our borders and enhance on-farm biosecurity to protect the Americas from the threat of African swine fever (ASF).

Buy local, burn local – Pests in your firewood can destroy our forests

Logs and an emerald ash borer pest

As you head out camping or pack up the car and trailer for your trip to the cottage, think twice before loading up your firewood. Moving untreated firewood, even just a few kilometers to or from a campground or cottage, is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread. The emerald ash borer, for example, has destroyed more than 10 million ash trees in Canada and it didn't accomplish this feat alone. While this small, green pest can travel only short distances on its own, hiding in firewood it can travel hundreds of kilometers.

Stop these invasive pests from hitching a ride this summer. Don't move firewood. Buy and burn it locally. You should educate yourself about invasive species threatening trees in your area or destination and follow all rules and regulations related to moving firewood and other wood products. Learn more about the rules for moving firewood and how you can prevent the spread of invasive species.

Whether it is clean air, timber for building materials or being cuddled up in front of a log fire – the benefits of trees are endless when it comes to the environment, the economy and the health and well-being of Canadians. That is why it is important that we each play our role in protecting our forests from invasive pests.

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We heard you – A CFIA Chronicle refresh coming soon!

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is revamping and renaming the CFIA Chronicle to Chronicle 360 – a new online news hub featuring stories that cover CFIA from every angle.

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