Adjustments to Animal Disease Research

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is adjusting its animal disease research to priority areas associated with foreign animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease, and emerging diseases.

The CFIA will phase out research in other areas such as those related to indigenous production limiting diseases, as long as there is no impact on reportable diseases. For example, it will no longer conduct research related to paratuberculosis, a disease that can affect fertility. Research in these areas is being undertaken by universities and veterinary schools.

The Agency's core mandate to perform diagnostic testing activities and its foreign animal disease activities will continue.

The CFIA remains committed to its role in animal disease research in Canada and will continue to play a leadership role in that regard.

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