Food, Drugs and Consumer Products
Scientific research is an essential part of ensuring the safety of food for Canadians. Some examples of the issues addressed by Health Canada's scientists are:
- Food contaminants, such as heavy metals or E. coli;
- Food additives, such as aspartame;
- Processes such as canning and irradiation;
- Novel foods, including genetically modified foods;
- Nutrition, including vitamins and minerals; and
- Mad cow disease.
In addition, our scientists participate in the review of drugs to assess their quality, safety and effectiveness. Drugs include prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals, biologics, disinfectants and sanitizers.
They also assess the health risks and safety hazards associated with consumer products such as toys, cosmetics and household items.
- Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate Scientists Lead Research in Biologic Quality, Safety, and Efficacy
- Health Canada Scientist Leads Trans Fat Research
- Food Scientists Estimate Contaminants in Canadian Diet
- Injury Data Analysis Leads to Baby Walker Ban
- Project Investigates Use of Medicinal Plants for Diabetes in Cree
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