Tuesday, June 21, 2022

CFIA Winnipeg lab wins global recognition

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s lab at Winnipeg has won global recognition as one of seven reference labs for foreign animal diseases, including African Swine Fever.

The seven global labs are designated as World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) Reference Laboratories.

The CFIA said it learned of the designation last week and it included Dr. Aruna Ambagala as Canada's designated expert for African Swine Fever.

"These laboratories play a critical role in the international monitoring and control of animal diseases, in applied research, as well as in providing support for diagnosis, training and advice to member countries," CFIA said.

"This designation by the WOAH is a sign of Canada's scientific excellence and demonstrates Canada's increasing ability, capacity, and readiness to detect and respond to an outbreak of ASF as well as support global efforts to manage the disease."