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.

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