About the PFSNRA

Mission, Objectives and Goal of the PFSNRA

Since 1992, the mission of the PFSNRA has been to provide 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, the 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 attendees

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


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 PFSNRA is a unique program bringing together all stakeholders in the food system including university researchers, government, industry and other non-profits and organizations. The strength of the PFSNRA comes from the combining of expertise from these sectors in order to address food, nutrition, agriculture and health issues. 
















Each year the PFSNRA publishes a brochure to highlight the recent activities, as well as introduce new users to the structure, history and previous work of the group. 

Please use the link below to download the 2017/2018 PFSNRA Brochure.