Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS)

Based at the University of Guelph, the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS) is a Biosafety Level 2 facility with faculty from multiple disciplines who teach, train, and conduct food safety research. CRIFS provides scientific and technical support to companies that need to validate their process, demonstrate compliance with regulations, conduct shelf-life studies, troubleshoot food safety risk and quality issues such as pathogen control, and conduct food safety risk assessments.

Food safety has always been of utmost importance to consumers and food manufacturers alike. Food recalls and outbreaks continue to affect consumers every day. These events, coupled with changes in U.S. and Canada food safety regulations, present a challenge to food manufacturing companies seeking to demonstrate compliance through validation of their processes and procedures. CRIFS provides custom-made solutions for companies’ specific needs, using official microbial methods and/or complementing them with novel molecular techniques.


Food Science Building
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 2W1

Area of Expertise

Molecular diagnostics of microbial agents using Ribotyping, Quantitative PCR, and DGGE.

Validation of food processes, novel technologies, or microbial applications.

Technical support for the development of pathogen control solutions.


Process R&D
Facility Access & Testing

Contact Information



Published: September 14, 2021

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