CFIA Uses Innovative Solutions Canada to Tackle Issues in the Food Industry

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) intends to encourage innovation and R&D through a series of challenges presented to the Innovative Solutions Canada program. This program helps fund R&D and test prototypes in real-life settings to guide and encourage innovation ventures.

The CFIA put forward three challenges which are aimed at improving the health of Canadians, our plants, and our animals. During the Canadian Innovation Week, the CFIA reviewed business proposals and selected the following companies to tackle these challenges:

  • Precision Biomonitoring
    • Receiving: $150,000
    • Challenge: Development of a handheld device capable of detecting food borne pathogens along the farm-to-fork continuum
  • Shaddari Inc.
    • Receiving: $100,000
    • Challenge: Development of AI to help specialists determine which vaccination strain would be most successful at preventing and controlling field outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock
  • HPP West Coast Facility
    • Receiving $150,000
    • Challenge: Development of a phytosanitary treatment for the control of quarantine plant pests that are capable of destroying forests and food crops

The CFIA is hoping to propel Canadian innovation forward while simultaneously solving problems plaguing the food industry.

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