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Inspect and Protect

Inspect and Protect

By Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Welcome to Inspect and Protect, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) official podcast all about food safety and plant and animal health.

Every few weeks, we’ll bring you a new episode exploring the exciting, innovative work of our experts spread out across the country, and how it impacts you and your family. Be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.

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Bug fight: the emerald ash borer vs. parasitic wasps
“It's a tiny wasp, you know, the tip of a pin size. And it comes along, finds an emerald ash borer egg and lays its egg inside that egg. And then it hatches and emerges as a wasp. What we say is, if you've ever seen the movie Alien, where the thing comes bursting out of the dude's chest…that's how parasitoids work.” ― Chris MacQuarrie, Research scientist for the Canadian Forest Service at Natural Resources Canada Since its arrival in North America in 2002, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees, with billions more at risk. To mitigate the damage, Canadian scientists have released 100,000 parasitic wasps into the wild. In this two-part series with Natural Resources Canada, we dive into the fascinating science of biological control agents: bugs fighting bugs. Simply Science podcast (Natural Resources Canada): Who can take on the spruce budworm?
October 13, 2021
How Canada is keeping its pigs safe: African swine fever
African swine fever, a deadly disease that impacts only pigs, is spreading rapidly across the globe. Luckily, it has never been detected in Canada. In this episode, we hear about the unprecedented efforts being made to prevent this fatal animal disease from entering the country and to protect our $24 billion pork industry.
August 26, 2021
I found a bug in my food!
Ever find something unexpected in your food... like bugs, plastic or glass? Listen to our conversation with food safety specialist Fred Jamieson as he shares his strangest finds, how these issues happen, and why it's important to report your concerns.
June 23, 2021
Community science: more than a hobby
You don’t consider yourself a scientist? Think again. We all have a role to play in protecting the plants and trees in our gardens, parks and neighbourhoods. We spoke with Dr. Pierre Bilodeau about why it’s important to report unusual sightings to the CFIA, and how apps can help you make discoveries in your own backyard.
May 6, 2021