Department of Nutritional Sciences - University of Toronto

Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) University-Industry Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs (PFSNRA) is located in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The PFSNRA was established in 1992 with support through a peer-reviewed initiative by NSERC, the University of Toronto and donations from Canada’s food industry. The mission of PFSNRA has been to assist the food system by providing scientific expertise needed to address current food safety, nutrition and regulatory issues affecting Canadian consumers. It continues to accomplish this by serving as a conduit for collaboration between scientists and health professionals from universities, food industry, government and non-governmental organizations, with the common goal of achieving a healthier Canadian population.

Through its science-driven program activities, PFSNRA is able to meet its specific objectives including:

  • Enhancing research and development partnerships in academic settings to provide answers to current and future safety and nutrition concerns regarding food industry products;

  • Examining the scientific basis for regulatory positions, public health statements and related issues identified by PFSNRA membership; and,

  • Serving as a scientific information resource on food, nutrition and health

Message from the PFSNRA

Dr. Harvey Anderson
Canadians are facing an increasing number of health challenges, including diet-related chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

Learn More About the PFSNRA

What are the Mission, Goals and Objectives of the PFSNRA?
The mission of PFSNRA is to assist the food system by providing scientific expertise needed to address current food safety, nutrition and regulatory issues affecting Canadian consumers.

PFSNRA Work

What do we do?
The PFSNRA addresses a wide variety of food safety and nutrition issues through meetings, workshops, reports and research. We encourage you to view out current and previous works to learn more, and contact us with any additional inquiries.